Did you know that Pilates was originally developed with rehabilitation in mind? Joseph Pilates developed the core exercises and principles based on his own experience with ailments and even rigged hospital beds to enable bedridden patients to exercise against resistance. These concepts informed the innovative equipment he became known for: the Reformer, the Cadillac Trapeze Table, the Stability Chair and more…
Pilates exercises are so effective for rehabilitation and physical therapy because the system uses isolated muscle movement to create and maintain strength, more muscle control, postural strength, spinal mobility and correct muscular alignment. It’s an excellent way to both help improve strength, flexibility and endurance while also preventing future injuries.
Today, Pilates is taught in both fitness studios and gyms globally to ten million participants, but it’s also used as an excellent way to rehabilitate the following:
- Injuries of people who suffer from genetic disorders and illness
- Patients recovering from surgeries or accidents
- Athletes struggling with injuries and range of motion limitations
How can Pilates Help You?
- Strengthening the Core: Most injuries are caused or exacerbated by our posture and the way we move, putting too much pressure on some muscles, while weakening others—make our body more perceptible to pulls, strains, tears or the like. Pilates exercises help promote even musculature by strengthening the core— the deep ab muscles along with the muscles closest to your spine.
- Spinal and Pelvic Alignment: By concentrating on centering your body via the spine and activating your core muscles, you’re doing a great deal to support your lower back and pelvis, reducing pain, improving mobility and further helping to manage muscular imbalances.
- Proactive Movement: Our body reacts to pain by trying to protect itself by physically moving away from pain, causing compensation elsewhere in the body. Pilates teaches you to understand where these compensations are and how to strengthen the areas that need it while mobilizing the areas that are “stuck.” You learn where your pain points are and how to address them through appropriate movement, gaining confidence and developing a healthy rehabilitative cycle that extends far beyond your physical therapy sessions. While your pain not be totally eradicated, you will likely reduce the number of painful occurrences and their intensity and duration.
- Flexible Rehab—On Your Terms: Conventional physical therapy often requires a set of exercises that can be only slightly adapted and are often difficult for patients to replicate without the help of their therapist. Pilates teaches a wide range of exercises that can be used for both rehabilitation and exercise, from beginner to advanced, that can be used interchangeably and nearly anywhere—including the comfort of your own home. You learn correct body positioning and efficient, flowing movement—so you can do the exercises that suit your needs and advance on your terms, in your own time.
Interested in learning more? Check out our equipment specifically designed for rehab and discuss how you can integrate Pilates into your Rehabilitation with your physician or therapist.