Pilates for Rehabilatation

Why is Pilates a good choice as part of rehabilitation therapy?
Pilates is effective in rehabilitation therapy because its focus on controlled movements and breathing can greatly ease pain, stiffness, and rigid joints. Pilates is also a popular choice for rehabilitation therapy because it is very versatile. Almost any move can be adjusted for the needs of the patient.

Examples of conditions that can respond well to Pilates-based rehabilitation

  • Postural problems
  • Low back pain/injury
  • Disc dysfunction
  • Hip pain/injury
  • SI pain/injury
  • Sciatica
  • Knee, ankle, or foot pain/injury
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Thoracic outlet
  • Rotator cuff pain/injury
  • Elbow pain/injury
  • Wrist pain/injury
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Repetitive stress
  • Tendonitis
  • Scoliosis
  • Lordosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Forward head
  • Poor balance/coordination

Neck and Back Pain
Pilates has been much lauded in helping patients who suffer from neck and back pain. Chronic back pain is a problem for many, and recent studies have demonstrated that Pilates rehabilitation can be used to treat the stiffness and discomfort associated with back pain. Pilates helps by increasing circulation and flexibility.

Treats Shoulder Impingement
Pilates rehabilitation may also be advantageous in treating shoulder impingement and tendonitis. Hip bursitis and sciatica have also responded very positively to regular Pilates practice. Another condition that has been shown to respond positively to Pilates rehabilitation is Multiple Sclerosis.

Almost all arthritis patients can also experience relief from the pain and stiffness of this condition through the practice of Pilates rehabilitation. Pilates can help relieve the loss of range of movement that many arthritis patients experience as a result of their condition.

Ankle and Knee
Almost anyone who has sustained some kind of injury can benefit from Pilates rehabilitation. Ankle and knee injuries are two common forms of injuries that can be treated successfully through regular Pilates practice.

Physical Therapy
Pilates rehabilitation is often seen in physical therapists offices because it is known to strengthen the body, improve posture, flexibility and balance. The rehab Pilates we do with our clients compliments and enhances what they are doing in rehab therapy.

Pilates Rehabilitation from Accidents
Because Pilates exercises are so controlled they are very safe for those in rehabilitation after an accident. In particular, the Pilates apparatus work assists the body to regain functional movement capability after injury.

Many health professionals recommend Pilates rehabilitation to aid recovery and as a way of re-educating and re-aligning the body to prevent imbalances. Doctors have also found this method to be an excellent supplement to standard physiotherapy.

Pilates is used to provide rehabilitation that goes beyond conservative orthopedic physical therapy. Many physical therapists have found that Pilates can increase strength and flexibility, as well as muscular and postural symmetry, for their physician referred rehabilitation patients. It provides total conditioning that exceeds standard callisthenic, isometric or isokinetic exercises.