What is Clinical Pilates?

by (Osteopath & Exercise Scientist)

Clinical Pilates article postClinical Pilates is a modified form of exercise that was developed and used by physiotherapists to help with the rehabilitation and prevention of muscular injuries. It may be the perfect therapy to help strengthen your core muscles. Specialised equipment such as reformers may be used along with floor exercises and exercises performed on a ball.  One of the major focuses of this type of therapy is the development of strength in the core muscles – the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.  Along with this, Clinical Pilates focuses on postural education and allowing optimal movement in the body.

How does Clinical Pilates Differ from Standard Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is different to standard Pilates in that you are individually assessed by a physiotherapist and then given exercises that specifically target your problem areas.  The physiotherapist closely supervises your technique, and grades the exercises so that injuries are prevented.  In addition  Private Heathcare rebates are available.

Benefits of Clinical Pilates

Some general benefits of Clinical Pilates include:

• the correction of poor mechanics that underlie injuries
• improved posture and flexibility
• firmer and flatter stomach muscles
• improved core stabilisation
• better control over breathing
• less likelihood of injury
• overall body toning
• safe injury management
• identifying the cause of an injury

Who Can Use Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is also great for people that want to increase their muscle strength, flexibility and tone.  Clinical Pilates is also suitable for people that have musculoskeletal pain or injury.  It is particularly good if the symptoms are recurrent or chronic, or if there are motor control problems.    It can also help with post-surgical strengthening, such as in the lower back, sacroiliac joint, hip, shoulder, and neck.  In pre-natal and post-natal women, Clinical Pilates is used to increase pelvic floor strength and control, for prevention and relief of lower back and pelvic pain, and for body reshaping and toning.  People that have postural problems find that Clinical Pilates is helpful as it allows them to develop awareness of their body, as well as increasing their strength and flexibility.

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Elwood:  Call 03 9531 0909 – bookings essential as pre class assessment with Osteo or Physio required

Boronia:  Call 03 9762 9478– bookings essential as pre class assessment with Osteo or Physio required
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by (Osteopath & Exercise Scientist) on 5th March 2013 |

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