Rehabilitation and Sports Performance Pilates
Pilates, an exercise regimen first developed for rehabilitation in the early 20th century, has become a powerful rehab tool with significant benefits for patients as well as for Sports Performance enhancement.
Its focus on movement and breathing brings new and effective treatment methods. It’s also extremely versatile – the extensive exercise repertoire is modified to fit the needs of each patient.
The Pilates principle of core stabilisation addresses posture, muscle performance and motor control – the same concepts that form the basis of most orthopaedic rehabilitation and therapy. As well as assisting with rehabilitation following injury or surgery, Pilates is being used successfully to treat many common conditions including:
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Shoulder impingement/tendonitis
- Slipped disc
- Hip bursitis
- Ankle injuries
- Total knee/hip replacements
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
as well as to elite, professional and amateur sportspeople keen to achieve maximum performance in their discipline.
Rehabilitation Pilates is offered in my newly extended specially built Pilates studio, where patients experience rehabilitation and performance therapies based on clinical Pilates exercises both using the Pilates apparatus (some of which are shown in the photos) and mat-based disciplines.
If you have injured yourself and are considering Pilates, it is important to ensure that your instructor has clinical physical therapy experience1. There is a great difference between Pilates as a way of exercising – how most people have encountered the technique – and applying it as form of therapy.
The principles of Pilates are ideal for rehabilitation, but if they aren‘t used in conjunction with proper clinical diagnosis and therapy techniques it could do more harm than good. Conversely, physical therapy techniques may prove inappropriate on their own as the exercises may be too hard for the patient or may cause too much pain, or -very often- the patient’s body awareness is not adequate to enable them to achieve maximum results – something that Pilates teaches you to do. That is why, as a fully qualified sports therapist working with Pilates, I create combinations of Pilates disciplines with appropriate modalities and techniques of sports therapy to provide the most effective combination for each individual patient.
I am also delighted to offer the Pink Ribbon Program promoting a healthy lifestyle and positive body image to all breast cancer survivors and breast surgery patients through the application of specially devised clinical Pilates techniques.
To make an enquiry or appointment for Rehabilitation or Sports Performance Pilates in my purpose built facility (shown left) click on Contact
To see a case study of clinical pilates in my studio click one of the videos below: