Pilates was originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s, and is a conditioning exercise programme that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall central core stability and posture.
Clinical pilates is a series of mat based exercises in various different body positions which have been adapted by physiotherapists to make them more suitable for patients with back and neck pain, and those recovering from injury.
Clinical pilates is a relaxing and gentle form of exercise. It is run in small classes to enable the patient and physiotherapist to work together to ensure that the exercises are being completed correctly and so that if required the exercises can be adapted on a one to one basis.
By completing pilates exercises regularly, it can help to improve your posture, strength and flexibility and many patients find that is a useful form of exercise when returning to their normal hobbies/sports following injury. Our Osteopaths will often work 1:1 with patients following an injury as part of their rehab with the aim of the patient being able to safely join a larger class local to them.
Evidence supports the use of the pilates method in the prevention and rehabilitation of back injuries. By retraining the deep abdominal and spinal muscles, pilates can help to prevent the recurrence of back pain in combination with correct back care and advice, and gentle aerobic activity.
Our Osteopaths Teresa and Sheena work 1:1 with patients teaching pilates and we are hoping to offer small classes near our Glasgow Clinic in the near future.