What is Pilates Physiotherapy

Traditional Pilates was originally used for elite athletes and ballet dancers, therefore it is highly physical, very challenging and uses a lot of exercises that produce large forces and strains on the spine. Traditional Pilates also uses a lot of ‘shoulder / head’ stands which is not generally appropriate for a large proportion of people.

Commonly it is this form of Pilates that is taught in gyms and health clubs and without the right instruction and high level of fitness from the client, it is not always safe or appropriate for the general public to perform Traditional Pilates.

In response to this Chartered Physiotherapists developed ‘Clinical Pilates’. This form of Pilates combines evidence from ongoing spinal research with our knowledge and understanding of ‘normal’ movement and anatomy.  Consequently Clinical Pilates has been embraced by other Chartered Physiotherapists across the world as they recognise the huge benefits that can be gained. Often Clinical Pilates will be used to supplement and enhance the rehabilitation programme of many physiotherapy patient’s and it is generally safe for most people, provided they have been screened by a Chartered Physiotherapist prior to commencing any class.

Benefits of Clinical Pilates

Clinical Pilates improves the efficiency and control of our ‘normal’ movement, by targeting our trunk and spinal muscles and motor control. This is one reason why Clinical Pilates can improve posture and enhance functional and sporting performance.

Clinical Pilates, as taught by our experienced Chartered Physiotherapists, suits all ages and fitness levels and is particularly beneficially for:

  • Improved posture and movement control
  • Reduced aches and pains, especially back pain
  • Improved functional and sporting performance
  • Improved flexibility and mobility
  • Increased tone
  • Improved balance and co-ordination