Pilates is a system of exercise focusing upon controlled movement, stretching and breathing, this makes Pilates suitable for client rehabilitation. In particular, Pilate’s apparatus work assists the body in regaining functional movement after injury. Pilates is a easy going approach, focusing on individual asymmetries in flexibility, strength and muscle recruitment patterns. Clients who participate in rehabilitation focused Pilates benefit from the multi-faceted nature of the Pilates repertoire, as it challenges the entire body rather than simply a specific injury. Clients working with either, the apparatus, matwork or a combination, Pilate’s bases rehabilitation will provide a gentle and flexible approach to practical care. Clients can progress from traditional therapies to Pilates as both methodologies similarly emphasize postural awareness, neuromuscular control and the length and strength of the entire body.
Pilates based rehabilitation can benefit people with many conditions or injuries, including:
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Shoulder Impingement / Tendonitis
- Hip Bursitis
- Ankle Injuries
- Total knee / Hip replacements
- Disc Pathologies
- Performance & Sport Injuries
- Muscle Strain
Pilates rehabilitation works for many reasons. The immense attention to detail and form is a perfect way for clients to gain strength in the weaker or injured muscles and joints. Pilates is gentle on the joints, so there is little worry of over stressing an already stress body. Pilates rehabilitation also develops the smaller muscle groups which work to support joint and bony structures, and because Pilates builds a body awareness to balance chronically weak and imbalanced muscles become equally strong.
Pilates rehabilitation not only develops strength, it also increases flexibility in muscles and joints and this is particularly important for client who are suffering from arthritis. These clients need to keep their joint lubricated and do that by using them, “use it or lose it”! Keeping a full or near full range of motion in the joint is enormously important to all people, but the arthritis sufferers in particular.
All people whether you are young or old, professional athletes or weekend warriors, can benefit from a Pilates exercise routine. We all have weak links in our muscular skeletal makeup. Pilates rehabilitation programs or Pilates on its own is a great way to balance out our weaknesses and get us up and keep us up on our feet.