What is Clinical Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is a form of Pilates that has been specifically designed by Physiotherapists. It compliments physiotherapy treatment, adding further benefit to recovery and assisting in injury prevention. At Pinnacle Health Group, all Clinical Pilates sessions, both one on one and group session, are supervised, and instructed by, one of our Physiotherapists in our special purpose-built studios.
The Pilates system is comprised of a set of exercises that target the core stability muscles of the lower back and abdominal region. Pilates is the secret to reducing the risk of back pain. Our core stability muscles do not have to be very strong to begin Clinical Pilates as there are many muscles that need to work in a coordinated manner to perform the exercise. Together, they need to work at the right time and in the right amounts to ensure our spine maintains a good position.
Is it about huffing and puffing?
Whilst there are many Pilates exercises that greatly challenge our core, Pilates focuses on control, coordinated movement and endurance. Our core needs to work all day, every day and we must train it in the same way if we are to remain injury free.
Pilates is not just for the core. Clinical Pilates can provide the following:
• Correction of Poor Mechanics and Posture
• Overall Body Toning and Fitness
• Improved Muscular Control, Balance and Flexibility
• Firmer and Flatter Stomach Muscles
• Safe Injury Management
• Greater Resistance to Injury
The Benefits of Clinical Pilates
Clinical Pilates can be also used as a way of managing injury or pain. It has been used to treat the following:
• Lower Back Pain
• Lumbo-pelvic Instability
• Neck and Upper Back Injuries
• Recurrent Hamstring, Groin or Shoulder Injuries
• Post Surgical Rehabilitation
• Pre and Post-natal Strengthening and Recovery for Women
• Sports specific Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention for Athletes and Sports people
So many aspects of your physical wellbeing benefit from a strong core. That’s why Pilates is such a valuable form of exercise. Not only is it low-impact, it also helps you develop your muscles so they work together properly. That is the foundation of having good core strength, and good core strength is the foundation of your overall physical mobility.
At Pinnacle Health Group, we offer individual and group session for clinical Pilates at our Melbourne CBD locations.
Why clinical Pilates is more effective than regular Pilates
The exercises in a clinical Pilates program have been designed by physiotherapists specifically to enhance physical therapy treatments. They are excellent for people who are struggling with limited mobility due to injury, illness, or other factors.
However, anyone can enjoy the positive effects of clinical Pilates as they are designed to correct muscle groups that are not coordinating properly as they work. Believe it or not, it doesn’t take an injury or ailment to create uncoordinated muscle groups!
Why is core strength so important?
Many people suffer from their body being out of alignment, but most of them don’t even know it. You could even be one of them! Your core is like the trunk of a tree, it’s supporting the rest of you. Even the muscles in your legs rely on the strength of your core muscles to function properly. If you don’t have proper core strength, you may notice pain in your muscles or suffer from mild to chronic back pain.
This happens because some of your muscle groups are having to compensate for others. That is what it means when your body is out of alignment. So, having a strong core is about more than a flat stomach–though it helps with that too!
How core strength relates to good posture
Seeing as weakened core muscles can throw your body out of alignment, it makes sense that your core strength is related to your posture. Your core is composed of muscle groups located in your abdomen and back. Repetitive motions or poor sitting and standing habits can cause some of these muscles to become stronger while others weaken.
As this worsens, you may notice some strange things. One shoulder might sit slightly higher than the other, or your hips may not line up perfectly. Core strength primarily refers to the balance of effort your muscles create to hold you upright. It not only improves posture, good posture also improves core strength.
Build your core with clinical Pilates from Pinnacle Health Group
Our company employs a dedicated staff of physiotherapists who are passionate about what they do: help you to enjoy a better life through improved physical mobility. It doesn’t matter if you’re recovering from a physical setback or simply want to improve your posture, clinical Pilates can help you reach your goals.
It’s important to train your muscle groups to coordinate properly because core strength is the foundation for your overall mobility and physical health. Let us help you set a firm foundation, book session for clinical Pilates in Melbourne today!
Pinnacle Health Group is Melbourne’s best physiotherapy centre. We have offices in Collins St and Docklands. We offer physiotherapy, clinical pilates, massage and myotherapy. We also offer corporate health and wellness. Visit our website or give us a call to learn more!