Clinical Pilates is a form of exercise that combines traditional Pilates principles with physiotherapy techniques to improve physical function and rehabilitation from injury or illness and is billed under Physiotherapy if you have extended health coverage. It is taught by our qualified Physiotherapist who has undergone training on the human body and specializes in injury management and prevention.
Pilates exercises can be performed on a mat or reformer and may use a variety of equipment such as balls, barrels, stability cushions or resistance bands to change the exercise intensity. They will be tailored to your specific needs, monitoring your technique, providing hands-on cuing, and modifying your progress.
Some benefits of Clinical Pilates include:
- Improved posture and alignment: By emphasizing proper form and posture, which can help improve overall body alignment and reduce pain and discomfort associated with poor posture.
- Increased strength and stability: Focuses on strengthening the deep abdominal and spinal muscles, which can help improve overall stability, balance, and support the spine.
- Reduced pain and injury risk: Can help alleviate pain and discomfort associated with conditions such as back pain, arthritis, and other joint problems, and reduce the risk of injury by improving flexibility and strength.
- Improved mobility and flexibility: Can help increase flexibility, range of motion and improve functional movement patterns, making daily activities easier and less painful.
- Enhanced rehabilitation: Can be used in conjunction with physiotherapy techniques to help individuals recover from injury or illness, and improve physical function.
- Better mind-body connection: Incorporates elements of mindfulness and controlled breathing, promoting a stronger mind-body connection, and reducing stress and anxiety.
Assessment and treatment typically involves the following steps:
- Initial consultation: Your physiotherapist will conduct an initial consultation to assess your medical history, current condition, and fitness level. This will also include questions about any pain, injury or physical limitations you may have.
- Physical assessment: A functional movement assessment will be performed, such as range of motion tests and posture assessment. This will help to identify any muscle imbalances, weaknesses, or areas of restriction.
- Treatment plan: Based on the results of the physical assessment, we will develop a customized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals. This may include Pilates-based exercises, stretches, and manual therapy techniques.
- Pilates session: You will be guided through a Pilates session that is tailored to your individual needs and goals. The session may include a combination of exercises on the mat, Pilates equipment such as the reformer, or a combination of both.
- Home exercise program: You may also be provided with a home exercise program to continue your progress outside of the treatment sessions.
- Reassessment: Your physiotherapist will periodically reassess your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan to ensure that you are on track to reach your goals.