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Clinical Pilates

How can it help you?

Through the understanding of your injury, and by examining how your body moves, your physio will show you how to improve your function, and at times obtain immediate relief from aches and pains. We then aim to develop a strengthening program, using movements that improve your function, to activate your stabilising muscles and work on your problem areas.

You will find this to be quite a different approach than you would get from a Pilates class at a gym or in a group setting. This is because everyone’s body responds differently to the same exercises. 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, our focus as your physio will be to identify more individual exercises that are especially designed for YOUR BODY!

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 the floor, reformers and trapeze table to help you obtain an optimum workout while at the clinic, as well as providing you with exercises to practice at home. We are always happy to tailor a particular program for you, and 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 Pilates 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 have the basics down-pat. If you have a particular problem that needs working on your physio may even recommend a few 1:1 sessions before you join a group class. This is not imperative but we feel you can gain more from your Pilates if this path is followed.


Where has Clinical Pilates come from?

Clinical Pilates is an incredibly popular form of stability and control-focused exercise. The origins of Pilates 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 here that he developed exercises for stability rather than gross strength.

This classical style Pilates was still 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 – a big focus of Pilates.

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, and the structures within. The term Clinical Pilates describes the specific use of Pilates movements in the clinical setting by a physiotherapist and often is done in small groups.

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