Combining physiotherapy and Pilates for better results
Did you know that in the 1920’s, Joseph Pilates originally dubbed his new method of physical training, ‘Contrology’? Pilates was developed over many years, combining anatomy training, Yoga principles, acrobatics and ancient Greek and Roman methods of training and more than a pinch of engineering and ingenuity. Originally developed as a system for aiding rehabilitation for returned soldiers, it has also been used by dancers and is infinitely versatile due to combining strength training, low impact exercise (awesome for injured bodies!) and a healthy dose of self-awareness. Joseph saw his creation as “the complete coordination of the body, mind and spirit”. In the hands of a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, it is transformed into Clinical Pilates; capable of tailor made programs based on clinical assessments and adaptable to fit any injuries or flare ups.
Clinical Pilates classes can only be run by experienced physiotherapists, experts in anatomy and rehabilitation techniques with training in postgraduate level Pilates methodology. Pilates in Dee Why has never been this advanced. Classes that are designed with each individual in mind are evidently suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. I’ve had a 93 year old in Clinical Pilates. Pilates has statistically the least number of injuries … hence the least number of excuses you can use to get out of it!
But what’s it good for?
Movement problems, injury rehabilitation, muscle imbalances, postural problems and even sports specific movements. Once your mind and body are working together, Clinical Pilates exercises are designed to aid in the re-education and correction of the specific movement or function problem. This aids in not only getting rid of the pain, but keeping it away. Your local Clinical Pilates instructor will help educate you on your injury and exercises, teaching you how to identify and work on any issues.
- Back pain
Back pain sucks. I know, I’ve been there. Over 4 million Australians are currently suffering from back pain. Remember when we said the invention of Pilates took a bit of engineering and ingenuity too? That’s because Joseph Pilates also invented the Reformer Machine, a pulley system apparatus on a bed-like frame designed to “universally reform the body”. The apparatus is still used today as the cornerstone of Pilates exercise. The versatility of the reformer means it is able to provide extra support to your back if you need it during exercise, helping you work on the postural muscles needed for balance and spinal support, it’s actually a lot more comfortable than it looks too, I promise. We use ours with each patient, every class.
- Core strength
Strengthening your core is the key to spine stabilisation and keeping a correct posture. Clinical Pilates focuses on targeting those muscles that are most important, while bringing your attention to the control and feel of these muscles to increase your own awareness of your body. Many people are not aware that core strength plays a part in a number of everyday activities like sitting for long periods of time, lifting weight, playing sports and even standing. The more you work on and are aware of your core, the less pain you’ll find in your back.
- Increasing awareness of your body
During your clinical Pilates class your physio will focus on your individual movement problems. Pilates requires you to focus on completing each movement in a deliberate and specific way, allowing you to address all imbalances you currently have. This process is repeated to allow you to build a heightened awareness of how your body moves and works as the moves become for natural and fluid. This increased awareness of your body, posture, movement and breathing will carry on outside of your Pilates class and you will become more adept at identifying and remedying niggles and flare ups before they become unbearable.
Clinical Pilates is an amalgamation of scientific physiotherapy methods, strength and conditioning protocols, tailored bespoke rehabilitation programs and Pilates. A Dee Why Pilates studio with access to all of the latest functional training systems and musculoskeletal knowledge and techniques allows an unparalleled scope of treatment. Prior to undergoing your Clinical Pilates program, a thorough physical assessment is undertaken to understand the ins and outs of your body movements and to tailor the program to your individual goals. Having a bespoke program allows it to be dynamic to the extreme; it can be altered and updated as you need it and as your results progress.