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Rehabilitation Using Pilates
Recently rediscovered by physiotherapists, chiropractors and orthopedists, the Pilates method can also be integrated into rehabilitative exercise and physiotherapy programs designed to speed the recovery of soft tissue injuries and other disorders. Pilates-based rehabilitation can benefit people with:
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder impingement/tendonitis
  • Hip bursitis
  • Ankle injuries
  • Total knee/hip replacements
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scoliosis
  • Performance & sports injuries
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Muscle strains

Because Pilates exercises are so controlled they are very safe for those in rehabilitation after an accident. In particular, the Pilates apparatus work assists the body to regain functional movement capability after injury. Many health professionals recommend Pilates to aid recovery and as a way of re-educating and re-aligning the body to prevent imbalances. Doctors have also found this method to be an excellent supplement to standard physiotherapy. Developed in the 1920's by the legendary physical trainer Joseph H. Pilates, the Pilates method is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility and strength for the total body without building bulk. Pilates emphasizes flowing movements requiring the use of the "T Line" or the core of the body: the deep abdominal muscles, buttock muscles and muscles around the spine.

Pilates is used to provide rehabilitation that goes beyond conservative orthopedic physical therapy. Many physical therapists have found that Pilates can increase strength and flexibility, as well as muscular and postural symmetry, for their physician referred rehabilitation patients. It provides total conditioning that exceeds standard callisthenic, isometric or isokinetic exercises.

Olympic athletes, international rugby and league players, and cricketers have joined Pilates classes; which were once the domain of ballet dancers and film stars. For the club players based at the Canterbury Bulldogs and Melbourne Storm; weekly Pilates and yoga sessions are a compulsory part of the clubs' injury prevention program. For the players, Pilates offers a dramatic improvement in performance, and a sporting career much less prone to interruption through injury.

Additionally, Pilates emphasizes motor training, as opposed to motor strength. It provides a form of neuromuscular conditioning, with the emphasis on precision and quality of movement, rather than strength. While the benefits of Pilates may lie in improved function without a high risk of injury for athletes, for rehabilitation, the benefits lie in the focus on core stabilization, balance and flexibility, and neuromuscular components.

Pilates is more popular than ever but you must be sure you are getting the right advice and appropriate exercises. The Australian Pilates Academy guided approach combines the concepts and philosophies of the original Pilates Method with the latest scientific research: the perfect fusion of old and new. After a thorough assessment and personal instruction sessions, you can attend at times to suit you. Constant supervision ensures the high performance quality of your exercising, and the success and enjoyment of your program. With expert advice and instruction, Pilates is perfect for:

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  • Chronic pain—back, neck, shoulders, hips and knees
  • Postural and biomechanical weaknesses
  • Sports conditioning and injury prevention
  • Post-natal exercise- specialised sessions available

Some of the other benefits of Pilates-based rehabilitation include:

  • Improved postural problems
  • No impact – easy on the joints
  • Enhanced functional fitness, ease of everyday movement
  • Improved balance, coordination and circulation
  • Heightened body awareness

Using Pilates in conjunction with the manual techniques and traditional modalities provides a dimensional and functionally complete rehabilitation. Programs are individually structured to the patient's needs, rather than simply following a textbook protocol. Because the benefits of Pilates are so profound, many patients continue using Pilates for total conditioning after they have completed their physical therapy and are able to move on to a mainstream fitness program.

"Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work." Joseph Pilates.

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