Clinical Pilates is a method of exercise designed to help you stretch, strengthen, and balance your body by lengthening and firming muscles, therefore assisting your body during day-to-day activities. It is suitable for people who have musculoskeletal pain or injury. It is also used for rehabilitation after surgery which reduces the risk of aggravation and re-injury. Some of the benefits of Clinical Pilates include improvements in:
- Muscle strength
- Pelvic floor strengthening
- Better control over breathing
- Core stabilization
Unlike a regular Pilates class where you will perform the same general program, Clinical Pilates aims to provide you with more of an individualized approach to your treatment and goals. Before you begin, you will have a detailed assessment by a Physiotherapist who will get to know more about your medical history and existing conditions. Based on the assessment your Physiotherapist will develop an individualized program to suit your level and ability.
Clinical Pilates can be an effective way to treat musculoskeletal conditions including neck and back pain and chronic pain. It can target and strengthen the muscles around your neck as well as your lower back, abdominal muscles and glutes. Strengthening is a key component in supporting the spine and reducing back pain.
Clinical Pilates will also aim to address any impairment in spinal mobility and muscle length to improve your flexibility and movement in these areas. Improved strength and mobility in these areas helps to take the pressure of the joints and overactive muscles allowing you to get on with the things you enjoy.
So why not give it a try and see how Clinical Pilates can benefit your needs!
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