“Clinical pilates” is a modified form of therapeutic exercise used by physiotherapists to assist in the rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal injury. Specialised pilates equipment such as reformers and trapeze tables may be used in addition to fit-ball and floor exercises. A major focus is placed on developing strength of “core stability” muscles such as the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. This is accompanied by an emphasis on postural education and facilitating optimal biomechanics.
Individual assessment and supervision of exercises by a physiotherapist.
Use of real-time ultrasound pictures to help train “core stability” muscles
Specialised pilates equipment including reformers, trapeze table, and fit-balls
Health fund rebates may apply
HOW DOES CLINICAL PILATES DIFFER FROM GYM PILATES?
Clients are individually assessed by a physiotherapistand given exercises that target their specific problem areas. A variety of different exercises are trialled due to the ability of certain exercises to significantly increase or lessen pain. Many group pilates sessions lack this individualised assessment and therefore may not achieve the benefits of clinical pilates.. Close supervision of technique and graded exercises ensure safety and injury prevention for client. Real-time ultrasound feedback is used to assist training of “core stability” muscles.
Most health funds recognise “clinical pilates” as a physiotherapy intervention and so rebates may apply.
WHO CAN BENEFIT?
People with musculoskeletal pain or injury
- particularly if symptoms are recurrent or chronic
- especially if there are movement related problems
- posture related pain
- may include pre or post surgical strengthening e.g. lower back, sacroiliac joint, hip, shoulder, neck
Pre-natal and post-natal women
- increase pelvic floor strength/control, prevention and relief of lower back and pelvic pain, for body reshaping and toning
People with postural problems
increase awareness, strength and flexibility e.g. shoulder, thoracic, neck, headache
People wanting to improve fitness or sporting ability
- prevent injury and enhance performance
- increase muscle strength, flexibility and tone
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