Today, Pilates rehabilitation is commonly seen in physical therapists offices.
The Pilates exercise routine is known for its ability to strengthen your body and improve your posture, flexibility and balance. In my Pilates studio, we see many clients who are coming off of injuries. The rehab Pilates we do with them compliments and enhances what they are practicing in rehab therapy.
Joseph Pilates, the creator of the now famous Pilates exercise routine, was a nurse in the German army during World War One. It was there that he developed a method of strengthening the muscles of the soldiers he was assigned to. He attached weighted springs to the soldiers beds and voila?the first Pilates equipment! These soldiers healed and recovered faster than the soldiers who did nothing. Rehab Pilates. Who knew?
To Joseph Pilates, rehabilitation meant getting creative with what you had.
Pilates rehabilitation works for many reasons. The great attention to detail and form is a perfect way for a client to gain strength in the weaker or injured muscles and joints. Pilates is gentle on the joints, so there is little worry of over stressing an already stressed body. Pilates also develops the smaller muscle groups that work to support joints and bony structures. And because Pilates builds a bodily awareness to balance, chronically weak and imbalanced muscles become equally strong.
Pilates as rehabilitation is also great preventative medicine. Keep yourself strong today and avoid injuries tomorrow. This is a great metaphor for people suffering from arthritis, osteoporosis or fibromyalgia.
Pilates rehabilitation not only develops strength, but it increases flexibility in muscles and joints. This is a particularly important note for people suffering from arthritis. These clients need to keep their joints ?oiled? up. They do that by using them. Use it or lose it! Keeping a full or near full range of motion in the joints is immensely important to all people, but to arthritis sufferers in particular.
It is important to note that most Pilates instructors are not trained nor qualified to make diagnosis or treatment plans for injured clients. Pilates instructors jobs are to work in conjunction with physical therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, or anyone in the medical profession that is making a diagnosis on a client. Our job is to teach Pilates. Plain and simple. The Pilates method in itself is rehabilitative and therapeutic.
All clients whether they are young or old, professional athletes or weekend warriors, can benefit from a Pilates exercise routine. We all have weak links in our muscular skeletal makeup. Pilates rehabilitation programs or Pilates on it?s own is a great way to balance out our weaknesses and get us, and keep us, on our feet.
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