Clinical Pilates with physiotherapist (1)
Clinical Pilates

How can it help you?

By examining how your body moves and the way different injuries affect your body, your physio will show you how to improve how your body functions. We are also able to use the Pilates machines to give you stretches that may provide immediate relief from aches and pains.

You will find Clinical Pilates to be quite a different approach to Pilates classes at a gym or those performed in larger group settings. Our small groups and one-to-one instruction allow us to specifically tailor exercises to your body. Your body, even without injury, may be better when supported in particular positions by your muscles and conversely, be far worse in other positions. This is even more important if you suffer any pain, stiffness, ache, soreness, tingling, or weakness. So, rather than a general program, your physio will be to identify more individual exercises that are especially designed to make you feel great!

The physiotherapists at Malvern Physiotherapy Clinic that teach Clinical Pilates will show you which of the stabilising muscles you should be using. You will be taught how to activate these muscles with simple exercises, and then progress onto much harder ones as you improve. We use exercises on, reformers, a trapeze table, and a Pilates chair to help you obtain an optimum workout while at the clinic, as well as providing you with exercises to practice at home. If you have found other forms of therapy unsuccessful, often Clinical Pilates will provide the answers to problems that other forms of treatment have failed to fix.

To gain the greatest understanding of best technique and to ensure you get the most out of the classes we recommend an initial one-on-one assessment and session to ensure you learn the basics. If you have a particular problem or injury, your physio may even recommend a few one-to-one sessions before you join a group class.


Where has Clinical Pilates come from?

Clinical Pilates is an incredibly popular form of stability and control-focused exercise. The origins date back to World War I where one Joseph Pilates, who the exercise form is named after, was placed in an enemy camp on the Isle of Man. Here, his background in gymnastics and study of anatomy and exercise gave him the ability to design exercises for others. Joseph’s reputation as a healer quickly grew and in the early 1920’s he moved to New York where he was sought out by many dance studios to help with injuries in a population of highly flexible performers. It was through the discovery of injuries related to reduced control in highly flexible performers, that he developed exercises focusing on stability and control.

This classical style Pilates has been taught in some parts of the world throughout the last century, but only with the more recent awareness of the importance of stability did the Pilates movement again grow legs. In the last 20 years, physiotherapy has embraced Pilates and used it as a way to treat pain and dysfunction. In the last 10 years, this has become even more popular with the vast amount of research linking back, neck and a number of other injuries with poor stabilisation of muscles.

Clinical Pilates has grown from within the dance community and combines both stabilising exercises with those that alleviate pain, stiffness and improve body function. This is possible through a thorough understanding of the anatomy, and mechanical load that exercises have on different parts of the body. The term Clinical Pilates describes the specific use of Pilates equipment and the ‘Clinical‘ understanding of your physiotherapist, to ensure each exercises is exactly what your body needs.

Contact us for more information or to book a Clinical Pilates session.