Pilates As A Form Of Rehabilitation
“Pilates increases coordination, strengthens the core, enhances balance and flexibility, while decreasing stress”
Having experienced Pilates immense advantages and additional benefits of length, strength and agility, people all over the world are now getting familiar with this unique form of exercise. However, few are aware that Pilates is a part of rehabilitation after injury.
The basics of Pilates lies in its rule of strengthening the core and promoting an even musculature, which are essential in helping an individual heal and resume a normal lite. sheds light on this aspect of Pilates – as a means to recuperate after an injury and to heal completely.
What are the best Pilates moves used in rehab therapy?
Joseph Pilates developed this system of exercise which is meant to improve flexibility, strengthen the muscles and boost overall health. This fitness system has exercises for all parts of the body and can be applied in different forms of activity. Every exercise in Pilates is carried out with utmost attention to the correct form, breath and efficiency in executing the movement patterns.
Hence, it is great for injury prevention and rehab therapy. It works on the innermost muscles of the body, helping it realign and also strengthens the body. As it is known, Pilates increases coordination, strengthens the core, enhances balance and flexibility, while decreasing stress. Also, all exercises in Pilates are low impact, safe and suited for specific muscle groups.
How does Pilates work on the body for injury rehabilitation?
Pilates is very gentle on the joints, so we can work on strengthening the body with resistance. On the machines, the spring resistance used works on concentric and eccentric movements, helping strengthen and lengthen the muscles.
How can Pilates be used to make the body more flexible, so as to help avoid injury?
Fitness centres, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and privates studios are using Pilates to help their clients who are injured and also for those who are super fit, to improve their health and overall well-being. As more and more people participate, Pilates continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of anyone wanting to improve their ability to move with strength, ease and grace.
What are the core muscle groups that Pilates helps strengthen for greater mobility?
Pilates works on the whole body, it focuses on core strength, spinal mobility and strength, pelvic stability, shoulder strength, stability and mobility. Learning how to strengthen and stabilize these, can help you move better. Thus, if your foundation is strong, mobility comes with ease.
What is the major difference in teaching Pilates as a form of exercise and using It as a form of rehab therapy?
When using Pilates as an exercise form, it focuses on the entire body strength with stability and mobility and thus, automatically works as a form of rehab therapy as well. However, the exercises will be more specific when it is utilised as a form of rehab therapy. For example, post my knee surgery, I had to focus on strengthening my hamstring, quads and VMO. I focused on these muscle groups, but also added core and spinal exercises to get back my agility.
How is Pilates useful for sports rehabilitation?
When playing a sport, there are a lot of imbalances created in the body and Pilates exercises help create balance. symmetry and strength. Also we work on agility, coordination, control and movement in multiple planes, which help enhance a player’s sport.
Does the patient need to follow any particular diet to gain maximum benefit from Pilates?
Diet depends on the goal you are aiming for, like whether your goal is purely rehab to get more functional or whether there is a desire to lose some body fat during the process.
How long does it take to see results after using Pilates as a form of rehab therapy?
Every form of rehab is different and it would be hard to provide a timeline. as it would vary depending on the treatment required.
Is there any precaution one needs to follow while using Pilates for rehab?
I always consult my clients doctor/Physiotherapist for guidance on what they specifically want for their patient and only then, do I design a suitable program for them.