The Pilates method has evolved greatly since its conception by founder Josef Pilates in the early 20th century. Pilates is now a widely-embraced exercise method by fitness enthusiasts but what exactly does clinical Pilates mean? Why is it different from other Pilates classes that you attend at the local gym or watched on Youtube? Is Clinical Pilates suitable for you?
Clinical Pilates sessions are generally led by allied health professionals – mainly physiotherapists and exercise physiologists. The focus of Clinical Pilates is to use traditional Pilates methodology and principles and apply it to a rehabilitation setting to reduce pain levels, increase mobility and improve function. These principles center around alignment, proprioception and correct muscular activation patterns. Whilst general Pilates focuses on these elements as well, Clinical Pilates has a much more concentrated approach to the individual’s injury needs and requirements. Clinical Pilates is about tailoring the sessions so you can get the most out of it.
During an initial assessment, your practitioner will conduct an analysis of your muscular function and alignment imbalances. Muscle strength testing is adopted to identify weaker muscles and we assess any alignment imbalances like excessive pelvic tilt. After this assessment is done, our practitioners can thus recommend and take you through exercises that will work on these areas. Perhaps your right glute is weaker than your left, creating an imbalanced running gait leading to lateral knee pain. Or perhaps your lower back pain arises from incorrect activation of your deep core muscles. Your practitioner is here to help you through these weaknesses and turn them into your strengths.
Do you have an old niggling injury preventing you from moving forward, or back and neck pain caused from sitting at a desk all day? These are the types of problems Clinical Pilates can assist you with. Through stretches, mobility and strengthening exercises, you can restore your health to optimal levels and get the most out of life.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to consult our team of Exercise Physiologists.
“After dealing with chronic pain in my neck, shoulders and lower back since I was 13, I decided to take control one day by starting Clinical Pilates. I had some goals I wanted to achieve and needed a pain-free body. I started with sessions twice a week and worked with Wynter. She gave me lists of exercises that I can do at work during my breaks as well as at home, and I did them diligently every day! What has made the most difference was taking what I learned and applying to it at my posture at work (e.g. remembering to pull my shoulders down). My self-awareness towards my body improved so much, this has greatly reduced my pain levels in 2-3 weeks and I look forward to continuing to strengthen my body.”