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Clinical Pilate’s is a physiotherapy based adaption of traditional Pilate’s. A physiotherapist teaches it one on one, or to a small group and it may be the perfect therapy to help strengthen your core muscles and to compliment the prevention or rehabilitation of injuries.

What is Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilate’s is a modified form of exercise that was developed and is used by physiotherapists to help with the rehabilitation and prevention of injuries. Specialised equipment such as reformers and trapeze tables may be used along with floor exercises and exercises performed on a ball. Spring loaded equipment is a major component of Clinical Pilate’s. One of the major focuses of this type of therapy is the development of strength in the core muscles – the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Along with this, Clinical Pilate’s focuses on postural education and allowing optimal movement in the body.

How does Clinical Pilate’s Differ from Standard Pilate’s?

Clinical Pilate’s is different to standard Pilate’s in that the client is individually assessed by a physiotherapist and then given exercises that specifically target their problem areas. The physiotherapist closely supervises the client’s technique, and grades the exercises so that injuries are prevented. Most health funds will recognise Clinical Pilate’s as a physiotherapy intervention, so rebates may apply.

Benefits of Clinical Pilate’s

Some general benefits of Clinical Pilate’s include:

  • the correction of poor mechanics that underlie injuries
  • improved posture and flexibility
  • firmer and flatter stomach muscles
  • improved core stabilisation
  • better control over breathing
  • less likelihood of injury
  • overall body toning
  • safe injury management
  • identifying the cause of an injury
  • one on one treatment with a physiotherapist

Who Can Use Clinical Pilate’s?

Clinical Pilate’s is suitable for people that have musculoskeletal pain or injury. It is particularly good if the symptoms are recurrent or chronic, or if there are motor control problems. It can also help with post-surgical strengthening, such as in the lower back, sacroiliac joint, hip, shoulder, and neck. In pre-natal and post-natal women, Clinical Pilate’s is used to increase pelvic floor strength and control, for prevention and relief of lower back and pelvic pain, and for body reshaping and toning. People that have postural problems find that Clinical Pilate’s is helpful as it allows them to develop awareness of their body, as well as increasing their strength and
flexibility. Clinical Pilate’s is also great for people that want to increase their muscle strength, flexibility and tone.