Pilates for Rehab & Injury

Most overuse injuries occur because of muscle imbalance. This can occur due to overuse in a specific sport like tennis or from poor posture due to sitting at a computer for too many hours. Proper Pilates can help to prevent these injuries by focusing on returning balance to the bodily structures involved. We do this by strengthening and stretching the muscle, improving posture by lengthening the spine, increasing muscle tone in the spinal erectors, and bringing stabilization to all joints of the body.

How Can Pilates Help an Injured Athlete?

Pilates uses many of the same principles used to help injured athletes recuperate. Pilates focuses on control of movement, so as to prevent further injury to the body. Pilates is low-impact and does not induce inflammation and overuse syndromes. Increases in strength and improvements in flexibility are additional benefits of Pilates.

Why is it appropriate for rehab?

In post-rehabilitation, Pilates can be very useful because it can be non-weight bearing exercise and also because we take care to see the body as a whole. We focus not only on the site of the injury but also on compensation and habitual patterns as well.

Using Pilates for 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. It 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. The Pilates principle of core stabilization addresses posture, muscle performance and motor control – the same concepts that form the basis of most orthopaedic rehabilitation and therapy.

Pilates is an excellent rehabilitation system, especially for:

  • Neck and back injuries
  • Shoulder injuries and tendonitis
  • Hip injuries and bursitis
  • Ankle injuries
  • Knee injuries and total knee/hip replacements
  • Sciatica
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scoliosis
  • Repetitive stress injuries

Equipment based Pilates is an excellent rehabilitation system which can help you to prevent further or recurring problems. Some of your exercises would be performed on a Pilates reformer . The reformer is low impact and most importantly relevant to your condition. This means that that there is less risk of re-damaging muscles and connective tissue, resulting in improved joint strength and mobility.

All rehab/injury sessions are on a 1:1 basis.

Healthcare & Referals

With today’s increasingly sedentary lifestyles, it’s no surprise that healthcare professionals are seeing so many patients presenting with lifestyle-related general health problems or issues related to decreased fitness.

The incidence of musculoskeletal problems – especially back pain – is growing alarmingly. It’s already the second biggest cause of absenteeism in the UK (in fact, the charity BackPain estimates that back pain alone cost the NHS, business and the economy over £5 billion in 2006/7 alone).

Pilates 365 is happy to work with your patients or clients, whether in the later, non-acute stages of their treatment or after rehab. We can also provide a safe and controlled environment to help them make a general improvement in health or fitness, increase flexibility and/or core strength, correct postural problems and learn to activate core muscles correctly. If you’d be interested in talking to us about patient referrals or cross referrals, please contact me on ange@pialtes365liverpool.co.uk.