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Why Do Physio’s Choose Pilates?

Felicity Dan Clinical Pilates, Physiotherapy

For quite some time Pilates has been the exercise form of choice for Physiotherapist’s. But why is this the case?

As Physiotherapist’s our daily grind consists of reducing pain, improving movement and returning clients to their usual routine. To do this, we may use hands on treatment and exercise to ensure a progression back to normal life.

Pilates offers a unique mix of muscle flexibility & strengthening and joint mobility with a focus on activating the deep muscles around our joints. Being strong through these muscles, especially those around the trunk, and mobile through our joints has been linked to a reduction in musculoskeletal pain and injury risk. Scientific evidence has long supported the use of active approaches to rehabilitation, i.e. educating our clients on how to move their body in relation to their pain or injury via exercise. Whilst passive therapies, such as soft tissue massage and joint mobilisations, have their place in the short term, it is those that are given an individualised exercise program that experience less recurrence of their pain.

When Pilates is conducted under the guidance of a Physiotherapist, it is referred to as Clinical Pilates. The key aim is then for us as Physio’s to reduce pain and improve movement and work towards a specific goal, whether that be athletic performance or getting through everyday life. The exercises chosen are based on the way your body currently moves and the restrictions you are currently experiencing.

The main areas of focus for most Physiotherapists are around the “core” of the body.

This includes the muscles of the:

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    Diaphragm

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    Abdominals, especially the deep abdominal (Transversus Abdominus)

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    Pelvic Floor

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    Back extensors

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    Hip flexors

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    Gluteals

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    Hamstrings

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It also includes joints of the:

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    Spine

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    Hips

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    Knees

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    Shoulders

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There is method behind the madness of Physio’s prescribing exercise – it is one of the best researched and best scientifically supported treatment methods for improving your physical health.

If you’re not sure if Clinical Pilates is for you or not sure how to get started, try having a squiz at this blog or give us a call on (02) 49653131. We would be happy to help!

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