What is clinical pilates?

Clinical pilates is a form of pilates focused on treating specific injury or areas of pain. Clinical pilates is often used in combination with other forms of physiotherapy, and can provide additional benefits in the form of improved posture, balance and flexibility. By retraining your body’s core through targeted exercise, muscle pain and discomfort is alleviated.

The aim of the treatment is to support overall recovery. Muscles are activated through specific exercises, as prescribed by a physiotherapist trained in clinical pilates. Where general exercises may aggravate existing trauma, or put you at risk of further injury — clinical pilates is measured, specific and attuned to your body’s requirements.

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Our approach to clinical pilates.

At Pure Physio, clinical pilates is a beneficial adjunct to your physiotherapy to further facilitate core stability, soft tissue flexibility, muscle strength or endurance, and promote correct movement patterns based on your individual requirements.

When clinical pilates is employed as part of holistic treatment, it can contribute to:

  • Preventing future injury and muscle strain.
  • The rehabilitation of injury and ongoing pain.
  • Improved posture and core stability as an adjunct to ergonomics.
  • Facilitates performance in other sports.
  • Greater strength and flexibility.

After assessment and consultation, our physiotherapists can determine specific exercises that benefit your body and physical capabilities. Exercises are targeted to specific muscles, and are based on your identified imbalances or injury.

What should I expect during my consultation?

Our clinical pilates courses or one-to-one sessions are unique in that we take a goal specific approach to your sessions. We spend an hour with you at your initial appointment to identify your goals and create your plan in preparation for your six-session course. During your first session, our experts evaluate your capabilities and limitations, and will provide recommendations regarding exercises, and the frequency of your sessions.

All clinical pilates sessions at Pure Physio are led by a qualified physiotherapist. We have a maximum of three people per session to ensure you receive the appropriate level of input, guidance, feedback, and education required. We are passionate about improvement and will liaise closely with you to ensure your sessions are assisting you achieve your goals. Our clinical pilates sessions utilise reformers, trapeze tables, and a range of floor/mat equipment to aid your treatment.


Why clinical pilates works.

Clinical pilates is evidence-based, and requires expert knowledge of anatomy and physiology. An understanding of pilates technique is integral to establishing an exercise program that addresses rehabilitation from injury.

Clinical pilates removes the trial and error from your traditional pilates routine — your body is unique, and your training should reflect this. Clinical assessment and diagnosis provides and individual program that helps you alleviate pain.

Effective clinical pilates takes the form of gentle, non-aggravating strengthening exercises. These exercises are targeted to the injured part of the body, and weaker areas that are predisposed to future injury. Rebalancing exercises are prescribed to unify the body and improve overall mobility. The use of tools such as the trapeze and other floor equipment, provide resistance during exercise. Levels of resistance can be altered depending on your developed core strength, and are built upon to improve general health.

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Common conditions and clinical pilates.

Clinical pilates isn’t simply for toning up, losing weight or gaining core strength. As a service, clinical pilates trains your body to move correctly and optimises your body’s flexibility and endurance. When your body is performing at its best — strong, agile and flexible — you are less prone to future injury and muscle-related pain.

Clinical pilates is also an effective tactic when addressing conditions that cause pain, and is suitable for improving mobility for a variety of reasons:

  • Lower back pain.
  • Headaches and neck muscle tension.
  • Rehabilitation following injury, sports training or surgery.
  • Postural or movement imbalances.
  • Pelvic floor muscle training (particularly for pregnant women).
  • Chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia or osteoarthritis.

At Pure Physio, our physiotherapists will work through your areas of injury or weakness so we can form a program and session plan that works for your body’s unique needs. Clinical pilates can be used as an adjunct to ergonomics, running and cycling assessments, and performance enhancement in sport.


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