What is Pilates
Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. Pilates called his method “Contrology”. It is practiced worldwide, especially in Western countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom
Danielle Langford, BScPT, MPT, MCPA, Physiotherapist, discusses Pilates & Manual Therapy.
Heather Low, a PMA Certified Teacher, discusses Pilates for flexibility.
How Pilates Can Help Your Arthritis
Pilates equipment is designed to help people who might have physical conditions like arthritis that limit their ability to exercise.
Pilates equipment such as the trap table is designed to help people who are even bedridden. Someone with arthritis is going to have a great experience in proving their health through regular exercise. The key to this is working with a great Pilates instructor – someone who has experience and training, so the possible pitfalls of injury by doing it improperly are avoided.
If you have questions about Pilates and arthritis, contact a local Pilates teacher.
Pilates & Manual Therapy
Pilates is working from your core, creating a foundation so that you can move throughout your day better and easier.
Clinical Pilates is based on Pilates principles. And, but however, it, the instructor is somebody who’s got a medical background. So whether that’s a kinesiologist, well, a doctor could. Or a physiotherapist or even a nurse. Somebody that’s got a medical background that also has the experience in Pilates and movement.
With a clinical Pilates session, we would have you come in. We’d talk about your goals, experience, what you are feeling, where you’re feeling your pain. Identify what those goals are.
Then we would go and we would do an assessment. So we would have a look at your body. We would identify any imbalances between the two, any muscles that aren’t working or are working.
Then if we need any manual therapy, because very often physiotherapists can do that as well. So they can do any sort of manual therapy if indicated to help you find that core. And then finally we would be working into our core-specific exercises that are designed around Pilates exercises. So you’d create a core program for you based in Pilates principles.
Clinical Pilates can be a very safe way to exercise because it has different equipment, it has a one-on-one setting that can help support you. It has somebody who has the knowledge as well.
If you have osteoporosis, if you have osteoarthritis, it can be…So far as even a dancer with scoliosis who’s experiencing pain when they’re dancing. It could be a pregnant woman who is experiencing pelvic pain. We even get athletes who have foot pain, so it’s very bio-mechanical as well. Or a rock climber with shoulder pain when they come up into that position.
So there’s numerous things that we get. We often get the person who’s sitting at their desk and postural pain with neck and back pain. Or if you have a fear of falling. There’s, there’s lots of different things that, that we can help you with and create a safe environment for you to exercise in.
If someone has any questions about clinical Pilates or is interested in joining a class, they can contact their local clinical Pilates instructor.
Local Practitioners: Physiotherapist
Heather Low, a PMA Certified Teacher, discusses Pilates to improve posture.