What is Clinical Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing. The clinical basis means that the classes are run as 1 on 1 sessions, or sometimes as small group sessions allowing absolute flexibility based on your current requirements.
The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century in Germany. These days, Clinical Pilates is often used in conjunction with an allied health professional as a means of treating a variety of injuries, particularly those of the neck, shoulder and back. This is based on literature that demonstrates strong evidence to support the use of therapeutic exercise in the management of clients with injuries, particularly low back pain.
Recent research advocates the retraining of the deep stabilizing muscles for patients with low back pain. Clinical Pilates focuses on the retraining and recruitment of these stabilizing muscles (core stability) as well as improving posture, strength and flexibility.
Although Pilates can be extremely beneficial for patients with certain injuries it needs to be specific to the individual and not used as a generic tool for everyone. Clinical Pilates (as distinct to generic Pilates mat or reformer classes) identifies this key issue by applying carefully selected exercises to patients with specific injuries or sports requirements. This ensures optimal gains whilst minimizing the likelihood of injury aggravation.
There are 6 basic Pilates principles that need to be applied to all Pilates exercises to ensure maximal benefit. These include:
Focus on correct performance of each Pilates exercise and the specific muscles involved.
Focus on achieving neutral spine and activating the core stabilising muscles (pelvic floor and transversus abdominus) to support the lower back and pelvis. (To learn how to activate these stabilising muscles see Pilates – Before You Start).
Maintain optimal posture and control with all movements.
4. Flowing Movement
Work smoothly and efficiently with all movements.
Perform each Pilates exercise with attention to detail to ensure correct technique.
Maintain relaxed, normal breathing throughout all Pilates exercises. Do not hold your breath.
Why Clinical Pilates would suit you
There are numerous benefits to be gained from performing Clinical Pilates exercises. Some of these include:
- Improved posture and core stability
- Increased muscular strength and flexibility
- Prevention of injuries
- Aiding rehabilitation, ideal for pre/post surgery
- Restoration of normal movement patterns
- Enhanced breathing control
- Increased co-ordination and muscular control
- Firmer and flatter stomach muscles
- Improved overall body tone and fitness
- Improved balance
- Perfect during pregnancy or post pregnancy to retrain pelvic floor
- Can be sport specific and used really effectively as a cross training tool
At Scone Inspire Health, Karen will assess, and then develop a purpose built program for you specifically, using a combination of the reformer or cadillac equipment, whilst also offering home based activities to continue the strengthening journey.