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Clinical Pilates: Can It Help You Achieve Your Rehabilitation Goals?

Do you know that thanks to Covid-19, Pilates became one of the most popular exercises? Again. Pilates is not a new form of exercise, and it’s likely you’ve attended a Pilates session before. However, if you recently had an injury and you are looking for ways to rehabilitate, you may want to try clinical Pilates.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could hit your recovery goals sooner than expected?

If you are new to the world of Pilates, read on to learn what Clinical Pilates is, what is the difference between regular Pilates and Clinical Pilates, and what the benefits of Clinical Pilates are.

Clinical Pilates, What Is It?

Clinical Pilates is a form of body movement that is specifically adapted for rehabilitation. It is mostly prescribed for neck and lower back injuries and postpartum. The main aim of clinical Pilates is to enhance the recovery process.

Clinical Pilates mainly focuses on strengthening your core muscles and improving your balance, flexibility, breathing, and your overall posture. Clinical Pilates equipment consists of a mat, a Cadillac-Trapeze table, a Stability Chair, and a clinical Pilates reformer which is higher. The reformer machine uses adjustable springs so you can exercise safely yet effectively.

Although Clinical Pilates is mostly used in injury rehabilitation, it can also be an ongoing form of exercise to improve health and well-being.

Clinical Pilates vs Regular Pilates

The most visible difference between clinical Pilates and regular Pilates is the size of the classes. One-on-one sessions are more common with clinical Pilates as the exercise repertoire is modified to be specific to your body conditions and limitations. While some studios offer clinical Pilates in groups, it is best to have a few private sessions initially.

Regular Pilates is open to everyone regardless of their fitness goals. Many people take Pilates to lose weight and improve their flexibility. Each participant follows a sequence of exercises created by the instructor.

There is a flow to the exercises, and most sessions will target all major muscle groups. However, everyone will perform the same movements.

Clinical Pilates is more tailored to your individual needs and rehabilitation goals. You will be guided to perform specific body movements to assist with your condition. Your body may respond differently, and your exercise plan needs to reflect that.

You may find that clinical Pilates sessions are more accommodating. Your recovery time is quicker because all the attention is focused on you and your needs. Any adjustments either to your posture, breath, or even equipment can be made straight away.

This individual approach can boost your confidence, further enhancing your rehabilitation.

 

Benefits of Clinical Pilates

If you suffer from musculoskeletal pain or are recovering from an injury, you will benefit from clinical Pilates. If you are a professional athlete and are looking to improve your performance, clinical Pilates can help you to do that too.

Are you a new mom? Clinical Pilates can support you in preparation for birth by strengthening and stabilizing your pelvis and lower back.

There are many more benefits of clinical Pilates; here are the top five.

 

1. Helps With Recovery

Clinical Pilates is an excellent tool in injury rehabilitation. Clinical Pilates can help post-surgery recovery to the shoulder, hip, lower back, knee, or ankle. Thanks to the individual approach, your physiotherapist can tailor the exercise plan to address the areas that need work.

Each session can build on the other, speeding up your recovery process. You can also be sure that all the exercises are safe for you to perform and that you are progressing at a pace that is beneficial to you.

Because your clinical Pilates instructor knows your injury, you will only work at your capacity and flexibility level.

2. Reduces the Risk of Neck or Lower Pain Injury

The two most common areas that you may complain about are the neck and lower back. Both can be a result of an inactive lifestyle. They may become stiff or tight making them more prone to injury.

Clinical Pilates can help with strengthening weak neck and lower back muscles. It can also target atrophying muscles. Thanks to specific strengthening exercises clinical Pilates can help to build strength of the affected muscles making them more resilient.

3. Strengthening Core Muscles

The biggest benefit of clinical Pilates is strengthening your core muscles. Your core muscles also referred to as abdominal muscles, are vital to achieving a correct posture. They support the spine, torso, and pelvic floor.

If your core muscles are weak, they can’t support you in your day-to-day life, and you may be more vulnerable to injury.

Strengthening core muscles and the pelvic floor is not restricted to women. Men can also suffer from weak abdominal muscles. If your pelvic floor is not strong enough, you may have problems with simple activities such as standing up from a seated position. If the condition worsens you may develop incontinence, hernias, or haemorrhoids.

Clinical Pilates is also very popular with expecting moms. Many pregnant women suffer from lower back pain and need to increase their pelvic floor strength. Clinical Pilates can help to accommodate the changes your body makes during pregnancy.

Greater pelvic floor strength helps with giving birth and recovering after. In addition, clinical Pilates can help with conditions such as diastasis recti or tearing.

A skilled clinical Pilates instructor who specializes in pre-and post-natal exercises can easily tailor the best exercises suited for you. You can be sure that it is safe for your body and that you can hit your post-pregnancy goals.

4. Improves Posture

You may feel aches and pains in your body if you have an incorrect posture. Clinical Pilates helps with correcting your posture by lengthening and strengthening your muscles.

It also strengthens all the primary stabilizers and movers of your joints. By improving your stability around the shoulders, hips, and ankles you will enjoy a better balance.

You want your body to be flexible, but if you spend most of your day sitting at a desk your muscles may become weak and inflexible. This can lead to poor posture and even injuries.

The good news is, you can prevent that with clinical Pilates.

5. Improves Your Overall Health and Wellbeing

Although clinical Pilates is mostly regarded as part of your rehabilitation plan, it is great for injury prevention. It strengthens your core muscles and increases your balance. It also improves your stability and flexibility.

Clinical Pilates helps to tone your muscles so you can excel in your sporting performance. It improves your overall fitness and keeps your body moving. Because clinical Pilates targets all muscle groups your entire musculature benefits.

But other aspects of your health are improved too, such as your cardiovascular and mental health. In addition, Clinical Pilates can help to manage stress and anxiety and your energy levels will increase, helping you feel better.

One of the components of clinical Pilates is breathing. As you perform each movement you reduce tension by using proper breathing techniques. This body awareness enhances your recovery as well as boosts your well-being.

Regardless of if you use clinical Pilates to achieve your recovery goals or to improve your health, this form of exercise is very safe and gentle on your body. There is no heavy lifting involved, and often you would use clinical Pilates equipment to assist with the exercises.

Clinical Pilates Session

So, what can you expect when you book Clinical Pilates classes? First of all, you can either book a one-on-one session or a group session. However, it is recommended to start with a one-on-one session especially if you are recovering from an injury.

Regardless of the type of session, you may be guided by a skilled and certified Pilates instructor. Look for an experienced physio or rehab specialist who specializes in your type of injury, knows rehabilitation protocols, and works with clinical Pilates equipment.

You may already be provided with injury recovery exercises by your doctor. However, you will need to undergo a musculoskeletal assessment before your first session. You and your instructor need to set your recovery goals to help you get the most out of the program.

Although you don’t need to have any previous experience in Clinical Pilates, it is always best to work with a specialist. A clinical Pilates instructor can ensure that you are on track with your rehabilitation goals as well as help you to build your strength and flexibility gradually.

You are also running a smaller risk of injuring yourself or performing activities that are not safe depending on the type of injury you are recovering from.

The duration and frequency of sessions will depend on your injury. However, most patients typically benefit from 1-3 sessions a week over a period of 6-12 weeks.

How to Get Started With Clinical Pilates

You may be looking for ways to meet your recovery goals or improve your overall health. Either way, Clinical Pilates is a great choice!

The biggest benefit of Clinical Pilates is that the exercises are tailored to your specific recovery needs and a trained and certified practitioner can help you to build your strength and flexibility in no time.

So, are you ready? Contact us today to get started.