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Clinical Pilates – What is it all about?

Pilates is a form of exercise first developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. He said “The Pilates method of body conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the
spirit”. No wonder it’s become so popular. It was originally intended for pointe ballet dancers. Today this form of exercise has been embraced by the medical profession and the fitness industry because of all these benefits.

The main principles of Pilates are concentration, awareness, control and breathing.
Clinical Pilates provides improved general muscle tone and more specifically improved abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. It also provides greater flexibility, improved performance and increased resistance to injury and backache.

Physiotherapists at Fitwise Physiotherapy offer Clinical Pilates, combining their knowledge and current evidence with the principles first espoused by Joseph Pilates, to provide individual programs to suit your particular needs.

Clinical Pilates can be the perfect forum for translating treatment and exercises into better function and performance for your body.

Core strength refers to the deep trunk muscles and their connections to the spine.
Research over recent years has shown that poor endurance and control of the trunk muscles contribute to low back pain. Clinical Pilates promotes good core strength. This means the deep abdominal muscles are trained to provide the support for the spine (as Mother Nature originally intended). It is important to be properly assessed prior to beginning a program and adequately supervised, especially in the early stages, as correct technique is paramount.

Maintaining good core strength and flexibility is important as this gives your body the skills to do whatever is asked of it. Using your ‘core’ helps prevent back pain, especially necessary whilst doing strength training, lifting buckets of water, gardening, playing with grand children and the other many things men and women do.

Clinical Pilates is offered mainly as studio work with specialist equipment. Clinical Pilates uses specially designed reformers, (a moveable couch on which a person can stand, kneel sit or recline.) and tables. Resistance is created by means of springs and pulleys. Other equipment such as balls, rollers and tubing may be used. Physiotherapists need to have done significant
postgraduate training to conduct Clinical Pilates sessions. If you are beginning a program, there will be several individual training sessions before moving onto small groups, to ensure you are
getting maximum benefit from your individual program.

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