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Clinical Pilates - The Who, What, Why and How!

2 Mar 2017

Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise guided by experienced and specifically trained physiotherapists to improve an individual's posture, core stability, balance and fine movement control. With the use of reformer based exercises, clients are able to recruit the core system to enable correct postural alignment and enhance biomechanical efficiency, with a strong emphasis on accurate diagnosis and treatment of pain and injury.

What is involved? Clinical Pilates is an individualised program of exercises and strengthening techniques designed to improve control, optimise function and reduce the risk of injury. The physiotherapists take into account different patient pathologies which can be sensitive to differing levels of load on the body. With these cutting-edge exercise techniques, Clinical Pilates becomes an amazing tool to optimise function using correct load and direction the body requires in order to become more flexible, strengthen and rehabilitate.

How does this differ from regular Pilates? Pilates was originally developed by Joseph Pilates focusing on generalised strength, movement and control. Clinical Pilates, on the other hand, has evolved from this traditional method as it did not address a client's specific needs or injury pathology. Using the knowledge and expertise of our physiotherapists, they are able to adjust, modify and prescribe specific Pilates exercises that meet your individual needs, based on clinical assessment. This ensures that all our clients achieve their optimal outcome.

Who can benefit? Anyone can benefit from Clinical Pilates. It can be tailored to people of all shapes and sizes and of differing levels of fitness and strength. At Recover Sports Medicine, we work with men and women of all ages, elite sports teams and pre/post-natal women. RSM offers Clinical Pilates in both a one-on-one setting, as well as small group classes, to help you achieve the best results.

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Through experience in teaching Clinical Pilates, our Senior Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor, Alexandra McIntosh, has found it to be an incredibly powerful tool to make people more aware of their bodies and how they move. It only takes a small adjustment of someone's pelvis or lumbar spine to get that person to recruit their core system effectively, which aims to protect and support the spine. Often the reason people experience back pain through the lumbar region (or lower back), is as a result of being weak through their abdominal muscles. This then puts a greater strain on the back as the individual does not know how to recruit their abdominal muscules effectively. It is common for people to be strong in the big global muscles of the body, such as the hamstings or biceps, however this does not provide the fine motor control we need for smaller movement patterns. This is why we believe Clinical Pilates to be a powerful tool, as it is designed and tailored to strengthen these key areas that get neglected, and are often the cause of injury or pain.

How can it be of benefit? Clinical Pilates can assist in many conditions including:

  • Improved posture and core stability

  • Increased muscular strength and flexibility

  • Prevention of injuries

  • Aiding rehabilitation process

  • Restoration of normal movement patterns

  • Enhanced breathing control

  • Increased coordination and muscular control

  • Firmer and flatter stomach muscles

  • Improved overall body tone and fitness

  • Improved balance

Alexandra McIntosh
Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor
Recover Sports Medicine

If you think you may benefit from a Clinical Pilates session, then call the clinic on 1300 858 774 to make an appointment or email contact@recoversportsmed.com.au

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