Pilates is an excellent tool for rehabilitating injuries. Essentially it is a mind and body centering technique that emphasises the importance of beginning movement from a central core of stability, namely the lumbo-pelvic region. From this central core, the Pilates method works by adjusting the intensity of each exercise through the use of differing limb movements and resistance with the use of equipment.
Clinical Pilates differs from standard Pilates only in that the principles have been adapted to improve the safety and effectiveness of the exercises, and highlight the key elements that actually do improve back and neck pain.
The aim of Clinical Pilates is to assess the movement and control of the lower back and pelvic region, then use specific exercises to help correct the problem areas. These basic exercises use sub-maximal muscle co-contraction (gentle low-level exercises of several muscles at the same time). The focus is to teach the brain to recruit the correct muscle groups and find the correct pattern of movement, as recent evidence shows that poor control and endurance of the core muscles are associated with low back pain.
Here at The Physiotherapy & Spinal Injury Clinic, we have Clinical Pilates trained Chartered Physiotherapists (Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute) ready to assist you with pinpointing your weak areas and tailoring an appropriate exercise program. A Chartered Physiotherapist has the detailed anatomical knowledge and rehabilitation skills to ensure that you are receiving the most up to date beneficial treatment for your problem, and are often involved in teaching Clinical Pilates to patients that have undergone recent spinal surgery.
Our aim is to create a more balanced and injury free body! Click here to view our group classes timetable.
Chartered Physiotherapists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, health centres, GP practices, schools, work places, private clinics and also by visiting people at home.
Should you wish to see a Physiotherapist for private treatment, please make sure they are Chartered and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. By seeing a Chartered Physiotherapist you can be assured that the clinician is properly qualified (usually to Degree standard), governed by professional codes of conduct as well as having professional and Public liability insurance.
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