Freedom Physio Clinical Pilates
What is Clinical Pilates?
In medical terms Clinical Pilates is a very new practice, Clinical Pilates links recent Australian spinal stability research with traditional pilates. Clinical Pilates exercises focus on developing a ‘stable core’ (the deep abdominal, pelvic floor and lower back muscles) which enables stronger, more balanced and controlled total body movement. This is achieved using controlled movements on specifically designed spring loaded equipment. Clinical Pilates has in recent times become an invaluable method of rehabilitation, working in conjunction with physiotherapy. The focus of core body strength, balance of the body’s muscles, and improvement of muscle tone and shape of the body makes it a very valuable tool to physiotherapy. Creating a solid foundation to then strengthen and build, lends clinical pilates to aid in sports performance, recovery, rehabilitation and body shaping.
What to expect from Freedom Clinical Pilates.
Your first consultation will involve an assessment of your problem or needs, and the development of a Clinical Pilates program tailored specifically for you. This program consists of a series of exercises designed for you so as not to aggravate any existing injuries. Your therapist will then begin teaching you the correct method for each exercise. During subsequent consultations your physiotherapist will assess the impact the program is having on you. You will have one-on-one supervision whilst learning your program to ensure correct technique and best fit of the given exercises.
Once you understand how to implement the pilates program and feel confident whilst using the equipment, you can book individual non-supervised sessions at your convenience.
Soon you will begin to recognise the benefits of Clinical Pilates through improvements in your:
- Muscle tone
- Mental & emotional stress levels
- And general feeling of well being!
The Mind and Body Workout
Clinical Pilates is a great way to give the mind and body a combined workout. Whilst performing the exercises your mind is concentrating to ensure the correct areas are being worked with maximum effect. In knowing what each exercise should feel like, your mind continuously teaches your body to work “smarter” not “harder”. The result is an exercise program that works your body smoothly and efficiently.
Clinical Pilates is an excellent way to get fit, and caters for individuals with limited fitness right through to athletes. Freedom Physio and Pilates holds regular group classes with a maximum of 5 participants, or we are able to create a dedicated class if you wished to organise a group of 3 or 4 for your self.
Where did Pilates come from?
Pilates was originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920′s.
Pilates is a conditioning exercise programme that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall central core stability and posture. The mind and body are brought together to achieve these aims through the following eight sound principles: Concentration, centering, breathing, isolation, routine, precision, control and flowing movement.
Clinical pilates is a series of exercises in various different body positions which have been adapted by physiotherapists to make them more suitable for patients with back and neck pain, and those recovering from injury.
Clinical pilates is a relaxing and gentle form of exercise. It is run in small classes to enable the patient and physiotherapist to work together to ensure that the exercises are being completed correctly and so that if required the exercises can be adapted on a one to one basis.
By completing pilates exercises regularly, it can help to improve your posture, strength and flexibility alongside a healthy lifestyle.
Many patients find that pilates is a useful form of exercise when returning to their normal hobbies/sports following injury.
Evidence supports the use of the pilates method in the prevention and rehabilitation of back injuries. By retraining the deep abdominal and spinal muscles, pilates can help to prevent the recurrence of back pain in combination with correct back care and advice, and gentle aerobic activity.
“In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you will have a whole new body.” Joseph H. Pilates
Contact Freedom Physio and Pilates for a free assessment, and start your journey to good health.
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