Clinical Pilates has been shown to be an effective method of managing patients’ musculoskeletal conditions, by improving their strength and mobility with a focused approach to their presentation.
Be it using reformer Pilates table or simply floor exercises, your physiotherapist will work with you to enhance your condition by implementing specific exercises and movement patterns which will challenge you and leads to an improvement of your presentation.
Pilates, unlike many other “sports or activities”, benefits from an individualised approach given the intricacies of its principals.
This is because you are most likely aiming to target small and/or under-active muscles which naturally do not “fire” due to your condition or injury. The bigger and stronger muscles usually take over and while you are able to perform a movement pattern, it is defeating the purpose of the exercise.
To an untrained eye, you may be performing an activity or movement pattern on the reformer or on the floor, however what we are interested in, is your sequence of “muscles firing” in specific and muscles that “fire” in general. Due to your injury or your chronic condition, you would be surprised to know that this pattern and sequence of muscle activity gets distorted.
Due to this reason and many others, we keep our classes to one on one sessions allowing you benefit from an individualised approach. That said, to keep the cost under management, your therapist may suggest you to join someone else with similar condition and same level of training in your therapy. However, we usually do not recommend more than 2 people in a visit.
Pilates has been shown to be a great way to keep your mobility or clinically address your weakness. It can be a component of your over all care or purely become a treatment modality suitable for your condition. Your professional therapist will discuss your needs and choices.