Clinical Pilates is not only a great non-impact way to stay fit, but it is also invaluable as a rehabilitation tool.
Pilates has been around since the 1920’s and is practised all around the world. Pilates makes use of therabands, foam rollers and other simple equipment including mat floor exercises which are the simplest and popular form of Pilates training; however there are also Pilates machines (called reformers) which are also used. Pilates equipment promotes a better workout by using both concentric (shortening) and eccentric (lengthening) muscle contractions and the machines give sensory feedback that provides more self-control and body awareness.
Pilates is great for:
- Back Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Knee, Hip and Ankle Problems
- Shoulder Problems
- Falls and Balance Training
The benefits of Pilates are:
General pain relief – endorphins (pain relieving hormones) are released into the body by doing Pilates exercises.
Relief of arthritic and osteoporotic pain – the gentle exercises in Pilates are easy on the joints and well suited to patients who suffer from osteoporosis and osteoarthritis because there are no high impact or jarring exercises involved. Muscles are also lengthened by doing Pilates which allows for easier, more pain free movement.
Relief of low back pain – as the core muscles are strengthened, the spine gains better postural alignment and the lower back is protected from injury. The improved core muscle strength changes the position of the pelvis and improves the muscle balance around the lower back and lower limbs which takes pressure off the intervertebral joints easing lumbar joint, muscle and disc pain.
Whole person wellness – by incorporating mind and body exercises together, Pilates helps people to be mentally and physically healthy at the same time.
Weight loss – Pilates creates increased muscle tone, strengthens the core body and improves posture first and foremost. Combined with aerobic exercise however, the muscle tone developed in Pilates will boost metabolism and help the body burn more calories and the holistic mind-body approach of Pilates can help you overcome obstacles to eating well as you become mentally stronger.
The benefit of being taught Pilates by a Physiotherapist is the wealth of knowledge a Physiotherapist brings in anatomy, physiology, bio-mechanics, exercise prescription and injury management.
We offer group Clinical Pilates classes, plus individual sessions. If you would like to find out if Pilates is for you or have a question, please call us on 03 5250 1549.