Pilates

Pilates

Pilates in Brief:

The popularity of Pilates exercises in recent years has grown among not just dancers and athletes but also in fitness enthusiasts and people recuperating from recent injury. Research by Australian physiotherapists has helped adapt the six classical principles of Pilates into a treatment approach.067LuLuP 2

Clinical Pilates is a highly individualised form of conventional Pilates. Individualised, through detailed initial assessment and specific exercise prescription, clinical Pilates seeks to address a specific injury site for localised, direct rehabilitation. Exercises progress quickly from basic floor or ball exercises through to more challenging exercises using our specialised Pilate Reformer.

Our treatment is directed at helping rehabilitate patients experiencing back/ neck/ shoulder/ hip pain as a result of poor muscle strength or control, by incorporating 6 main principles:076LuLuP 2

  • Centring key points (shoulder blades, pelvis, knees-hips and feet) during the exercise with appropriate cues to achieve and maintain correct posture.
  • Conscious breathing to activate the diaphragm during inspiration
  • Core alignment of spinal and body segments
  • Control of muscles, encouraging use of deep stabilising muscles of the back, to hold the body during low and high speed movement activities. This involves a lot of work to identify poor muscle “habits”, and education to learn new ways of using the muscles correctly.
  • Concentration, which is key to train mental focus and re-establish the brain’s connection to the injured part
  • Co-ordination training, to involve simple tasks then progressing to more complex tasks.

 

Taking these 6 principles on board, with focus and attention on training for better muscle function, long-term changes can be made to reduce pain levels and improve function.

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