Today the Pilates Method is being utilized by Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, and Orthopedists.  Programs are designed to speed the recovery of soft tissue injuries and other disorders.  Pilates based rehabilitation can benefit people with:

  • chronic neck and back pain
  • sciatica
  • shoulder impingement/tendonitis
  • hip/joint bursitis
  • ankle injuries
  • plantar fasciitis
  • total knee/hip replacements
  • fibromyalgia
  • scoliosis
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • spondylolisthesis
  • hypermobility
  • performance and sports injuries
  • repetitive stress injuries
  • muscle strains
  • arthritis
  • disc herniation
  • spinal stenosis
  • meniscus tears
  • ACL tears

 

 

Pilates is recommended for:

  • improved posture
  • full body toning
  • circulation
  • improved gait
  • increase muscle tone
  • re-align the skeletal body
  • relieve back /neck pain
  • increase joint mobility and control
  • increase flexibility and range of motion
  • strengthen abdominals
  • weight loss
  • migraine headaches
  • eating disorders
  • overall well-being and functionality

 

 

Pilates Results:

  • changes body shape
  • tighter waistline
  • flatter stomach
  • Builds streamline lean muscle
  • decreased cellulite
  • increases metabolic rate by transferring fat cells to muscles
  • strengthens three abdominal layers, traverses abdominus,         obliques, and rectus abdominus
  • improved range of motion and flexibility
  • relief of chronic pain in neck, back, shoulders, hips and knees
  • better sports performance
  • a clear mind
  • strength and confidence
  • taller presence
  • better body awareness
  • positive emotions

 

The controlled precise movements of Pilates is what makes them so safe following accidents/post-op/and injury.  The apparatus work assists the body to regain functional movement capability.  This type of recovery aids in re-educating and re-aligning the body to prevent imbalances. *Pilates benefits are so profound many patients continue using Pilates for total conditioning after they have completed their physical therapy and are able to move on to a mainstream fitness program.

What is it about Pilates that streamlines the body so differently than other forms of exercise? Eccentric Muscle. When muscle fibers lengthen this is eccentric use of the muscle.  When muscle fibers shorten this is concentric use of the muscle.  For example, when lifting a weight the fibers are shortening and when lowering a weight the fibers are lengthening.  When performing any Pilates movement we concentrate on the constant eccentric use of the muscle (stretching it out like a rubber band) hence, greater range of motion, flexibility, and leanness.Adding Pilates to any weight training program will help with muscle recovery, creating lean body mass quicker, increase muscle strength, tone, and endurance.