What is Clinical Pilates?

May 26, 2016 1:48 pm Published by

Clinical Pilates is a treatment method used by specifically trained physiotherapists to reduce pain, disability and improve function. It incorporates specific Pilate’s exercises to assess and treat each client individually. Research has shown that just treating a structure only sees a recurrence of the same or similar problems. Clinical Pilates is designed to find and fix the root cause of an injury, not just the injury itself. Hence, it focuses on client function. It is unique and very different from generic or fitness Pilates. It looks at the whole picture of the client.

How is Clinical Pilates different?

  • It treats the cause of the pain, not just the symptoms
  • It does not focus on core stability training, it focuses more on direction-specific exercises
  • Aim is to increase the recruitment of muscles
  • Establishes clear treatment  and outcome predictors
  • It uses pathology specific exercises to treat patients

What does it involve?

The physiotherapist will assess different movements and positions to establish which movement or direction aggravate your symptoms. Following an assessment you will be given a direction-specific exercise to do at home. Exercises can focus on trunk flexion, trunk extension, abdominal and back strengthening.

How can Clinical Pilates help me?

  • Reduce pain and safely manage injury
  • Correct poor mechanics that underlie injuries
  • Greater resistance to injury
  • Training your muscle groups to help your body to work safely and more efficiently
  • It is ideal for rehabilitation and preventing further injury

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