Pilates For Rehabilitation
Private (one-on-one); Duo’s (2 people); and Trio’s (3 people)
Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Orthopaedists have re-discovered the Pilates method which can also be integrated into rehabilitative exercise and physiotherapy programs designed to speed the recovery of soft tissue injuries and other disorders. Doctors have also found this method to be an excellent supplement to standard physiotherapy.
Because Pilates exercises are so controlled they are very safe for those in rehabilitation after an accident. In particular, the Pilates apparatus work assists the body to regain functional movement capability after injury. Pilates apparatus work involves the use of specialized equipment that works against the body’s resistance, and resistance provided by springs, which can be adjusted to varying tensions. A pulley system provides further exercise options.
The exercises focus on developing the strength of the torso through appropriate use of the spinal muscles, which act as stabilizers and which create a vital support for the spine. Correct initiation of muscle action and postural support are emphasized in every sequence, so the principles may also be applied while carrying out everyday activities.
Pilates instructors conduct a postural analysis when they begin to work with clients. This analysis, while not a diagnosis, enables instructors to identify muscle imbalances and create programs designed to address an individual’s muscle dysfunction.
If specific movement patterns are repeated regularly it can result in over-activity of some muscle groups and under-activity of others. This can also happen with recreational activities or in the work environment. This will eventually cause injury to and degeneration of the unsupported spine and the rest of the body may then compensate for this weakness, leading to further injury to other parts of the body.
Pilates-based rehabilitation can benefit people and assist with
- Chronic pain – back, neck, shoulders, hips and knees
- Postural and biomechanical weaknesses
- Sports conditioning and injury prevention
- Improved balance, co-ordination, circulation, strength & flexibility
- Improved postural problems
- No impact – easy on joints
- Enhanced functional fitness, ease of everyday movement
- Post-natal exercise
- Heightened body awareness