Today, Pilates has become a major tool used by physiotherapists to treat shoulder, spine, hip, knee and ankle injuries as well as whiplash, post polio syndrome, spina bifida, stroke and even post-surgical patients.
Why are physiotherapists incorporating the principle of Pilates in their practice? Because Pilates utilises the traditional rehabilitation principles of stability first and then mobility and also emphasises postural alignment, body awareness and functional fitness.
Our physiotherapists are certified in Pilates and pass on its benefits to their patients. Patients learn how to use the right muscles to perform the desired function and to maintain posture.
Activities like lifting, pulling and pushing heavy items, tucking in one’s shirt or hooking one’s bra become manageable as pain disappears and range of motion improves.
Pilates makes use of Thera-band®, foam rollers and other simple equipment, however there are machines that are different from those used in traditional rehabilitation.
Pilates equipment promotes a better workout by using both concentric (as in lifting) and eccentric (as in lowering) muscles. The machines give feedback that provides more self-control and body awareness. Even children benefit from Pilates, using equipment and other techniques to provide sensory feedback. Physiotherapists try to make it fun and offer many choices to children during the sessions.
Pilates is a new way for Physiotherapists to help patients get rid of pain, regain function and strength in a safe and efficient manner. Since Pilates targets the core muscles, patients lose belly fat quickly and this leads to overall good health.