Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing. The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. These days, Clinical Pilates is often used in conjunction with physiotherapy as a means of treating a variety of injuries, particularly those of the neck and back. This is based on literature that demonstrates strong evidence to support the use of therapeutic exercise in the management of patients with injuries, particularly low back pain. Recent research advocates the retraining of the deep stabilizing muscles for patients with low back pain. Clinical Pilates focuses on the retraining and recruitment of these stabilizing muscles (core stability) as well as improving posture, strength and flexibility.
Although Pilates can be extremely beneficial for patients with certain injuries it needs to be specific to the individual and not used as a generic tool for everyone. Clinical Pilates (as distinct to generic Pilates classes) identifies this key issue by applying carefully selected exercises to patients with specific injuries. This ensures optimal gains whilst minimizing the likelihood of injury aggravation. If you are interested in commencing Pilates for your injury, it is essential to have a review with a physiotherapist to assess the suitability of a core stability program for you.
Clinical Pilates at Brickyard Physiotherapy is a goal directed, rehabilitation program outlined and overseen by one of our physiotherapists. Lynsey Arkley is our Pilates instructor at the clinic and acts as a Rehab Assistant to the physiotherapists.
For clients to qualify for Clinical Pilates they must:
- Be assessed by a Brickyard Physiotherapist
- Have a doctor’s note recommending a Pilates based physiotherapy program
- Sign the Clinical Pilates consent form (this form needs to be signed by you, your physiotherapist and your Pilates Rehab Assistant).
- Clinical Pilates programs are goal oriented and limited in duration. Clients must be re-evaluated by the physiotherapist at least every 6 sessions at which point a new set of goals and protocols will be given to your Pilates Teacher
- If you have coverage for physiotherapy, you may be reimbursed for these sessions by your extended health plan, but everyone’s plan is different. Please contact your provider if you have any further questions about qualifying for this program.