Clinical pilates can be an excellent part of a physiotherapy treatment programme. The approach of Clinical Pilates is to remove and modify the Pilates work, to minimise the potentially harmful effects and maximise it’s contribution to your fitness and musculoskeletal well-being.
The Clinical Pilates programme incorporates the work of stabilisation training, neural mobilisation, load effects on pathology and injuries, injury provocation as well as spinal and peripheral biomechanics.
It provides a logical progression from static stabilisation onto higher level and more functional dynamic stabilisation.
Whether you have lower back pain, anterior knee pain or an overuse running injury Clinical Pilates can help in their management. This is because Pilates is ideal for facilitating the stability muscles by being a movement pattern that trains muscles to support movement.
One area where Clinical Pilates differs from other forms of exercise is the way in which breathing is incorporated into the movements. Conscious and correct inhalation allows the diaphragm to help stabilise the trunk. It inhibits the use of the external oblique muscles and helps maintain the thorax in a tall position. Getting the breathing right is critical for stability.
For example try the following:
- Stand up
- As you breathe out, rise onto your toes
- Breathe in as you come back down
- Now try it the other way round
- Breathe in as you rise onto your toes
- and breathe out and you come off your toes
- You will find that it is easier to balance the second time
The use of Clinical Pilates to treat not only lower back pain but all other type of injuries is becoming increasingly common among physiotherapists.