Clinical Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing. 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 physiotherapy as a means of treating a variety of injuries, particularly those of the neck and back.
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 classes) identifies this key issue by applying carefully selected exercises to patients with specific injuries. This ensures optimal gains whilst minimizing the likelihood of injury aggravation. If you are interested in commencing Pilates for your injury, it is essential to have a review with a physiotherapist to assess the suitability of a core stability program for you.
At RHP Physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates classes are held weekly by our physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates instructor Sam Donaldson. Class size is kept to a minimum to provide individual attention to all participants of the class and provide a productive therapeutic environment. Pre-pilates assessments are conducted also by Sam during his regular clinic hours Monday to Friday. Classes and assessments can be claimed on private health, depending on your level of cover.
Your one-on-one Pre-pilates assessment at RHP Physiotherapy will include:
- Core muscle activation training using realtime ultrasound imaging feedback
- A general medical and injury history
- Assessment of your directional movement preferences and limitations
- Optimal functional movement pattern training
- Web-based individual exercise program
Sam has applied the principles of Clinical Pilates combined with Physiotherapy knowledge to develop exercise classes focused on developing functional postures and movement patterns that are relevant for activities of daily living, as Clinical Pilates beneficial not only for the injured individuals, but also for the uninjured population. Benefits include:
- Improved posture and core stability
- Increased muscular strength and flexibility
- Prevention of injuries
- Compliment rehabilitation
- Restoration of normal movement patterns
- Enhanced breathing control
- Increased balance, coordination and neuromuscular control
- Improved overall fitness
Attendance is convenient and easy. Classes run for 60 minutes and all you need is a towel, water bottle and comfortable exercising clothes. Plenty of parking is available on site.
If you are interested in attending Clinical Pilates Matwork Classes at RHP Physiotherapy, please contact us to book your pre-pilates assessment and to reserve your place in the class by emailing email@example.com or calling 07 3856 5566.
Don't forget to ask us about our Pilates packages of six or twelve Pilates sessions.