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Pilates-Based Rehabilitation

Pilates is a unique form of exercise and physical movement that was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. He originally called his work “contrology” because he believed that his method uses the mind to control the muscles. He considered this to be a body, mind, and spirit approach to movement. This therapeutic exercise incorporates six core principles which are essential ingredients in a high quality Pilates workout: Centering, Control, Flow, Breath, Precision, and Concentration (expand). By emphasizing a balanced development of core strength and flexibility, Pilates supports efficient and graceful movement. Pilates can be performed on a mat or by using Pilates equipment like a Reformer, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel or Step Barrel. In contemporary Pilates exercises, other props are used for exercises including small weighted balls, foam rollers, large exercise balls, and resistance bands.

It is recognized as a movement based exercise that can be tailored to any fitness or health level. At Brookside Physical Therapy, our skilled therapists have incorporated Pilates into physical therapy interventions for injury rehabilitation. Based on the individualized needs of the patient, it can be valuable in obtaining goals of well-being, athletic training, rehabilitation, or pain management.

The Pilates exercise approach is aimed at teaching the patient to engage muscles in new ways in order to promote improved posture and stability. With low back pain patients, Pilates has been shown to be an effective method to improve core stability. In the Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy, a randomized controlled trial found that treatment with a modified Pilates-based approach was more effective than usual care in a population with chronic, nonspecific low back pain. Individuals reported a significant decrease in their back pain and disability, which they were able to maintain over a 12 month period (Rydeard R, 2006).

Pilates training as part of a rehabilitation program is covered by insurance plans. Special rates available for privately paying patients. Contact the clinic for further details.

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