Clinical Pilates is a form of exercise cantered around 6 basic principles; concentration, cantering, control, precision, flowing movement and breathing. This focus is primarily on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength and flexibility.
Clinical Pilates (as distinct from generic Pilates) is specific to the individual and is tailored to enable a variety of injuries to be addressed, particularly those of the neck and the back. Current literature demonstrates strong evidence to support the retraining of the deep stabilizing muscles (your “core muscles”) in the successful management of low back pain.
A thorough assessment prior to commencing Clinical Pilates allows the therapist to tailor a specific program to individual needs. This will ensure optimal gain while minimizing the likelihood of injury aggravation. A Clinical Pilates program is likely to include the use of equipment such as reformer beds, trapeze tables, fit balls, resistance bands and foam rollers.
There are numerous benefits to be gained from Clinical Pilates. Some of these include:
- Improved posture and core stability
- Increased muscle strength and flexibility
- Decreased risk and rate of injury
- Restoration of normal movement patterns
- Improved stability, control and balance
- Increased overall body tone, especially in the tummy!
- Improved pelvic floor function
Clinical Pilates also compliments other forms exercise such as running, bike riding, rowing, netball, tennis and weight training by specifically addressing any muscle imbalances that may be occurring during these activities. This can lead to better overall performance and a decrease in injury prevalence.