Pilates was developed by the late Joseph H. Pilates whose goal was to realize each person’s physical capabilities and limitations while giving them exercises to correct their muscular imbalances and weakness. The aim of Pilates is to activate the deep postural muscles so core stability can be established and thus good posture maintained. When our joints are well aligned they are positioned correctly and all tissue receives a good blood supply for optimal health. Pilates will help flexibility and strength development.
Due to poor postural habits, stress, repetitive movements at work or playing sports our bodies develop muscular imbalances. This means some muscles may become weak and lose tine while others become tight and shorten. This can adversely alter the way we move and may ultimately lead to injury. Pilates is a comprehensive and safe system of exercise. Its uses body weight and /or specialist equipment to increase postural strength and control, improve flexibility and coordination and relieve stress. Pilates is a particularly valuable tool in the rehabilitation of many musculoskeletal problems; it is also excellent for improving and maintaining general fitness.
AT BIOKINETIC Physical Therapy we incorporate Pilates within the bounds of rehabilitation to prepare every patient for their lifestyle. This method is particularly useful for back and neck pain sufferers, as they often develop weakness in the deep abdominal and back muscles that prevent them from fully recovering. Physical therapists have long been aware of the benefits of strengthening these muscles and have found the Pilates method to be a safe and effective way to reduce incidence of back pain.
The rewards include:
- toned muscles especially in the abdominal region
- improved flexibility, strength and coordination
- relief from lower back and neck pain
- heightened body awareness
- improved dynamic stability
- improved posture
- stress relief
Pilates is particularly relevant for:
- performers for whom good posture is vital such as dancers, actors and musicians
- adolescents coping with growth spurts/related imbalances.
- athletes with injuries as a result of muscle imbalance
- chronic back pain sufferers
When our joints are well aligned they are positioned correctly and all tissue receives a good blood supply for optimal health. Pilates will help flexibility and strength development.