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Think of Pilates as a maintainance service for your body
The physiotherapy team at Spire Fylde Coast Hospital provides Pilates as part of our treatment options.
Pilates Case Study
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a programme of exercises to improve physical condition, strength, flexibility, balance and co-ordination. Joseph H. Pilates, a German sportsman, devised it in the early part of the 20th century and it has been enhanced and progressed since then.
Pilates has an emphasis on breathing control and on strengthening the ‘core’ muscles: transversus abdominus (which runs between the ribs and the pelvis at the front of the body), multifidus (next to the spine in the lower back) and the pelvic floor muscles which, together, play a pivotal role in helping to protect the back by giving it internal support.
The exercises are low impact and gentle, but can be challenging. The benefits of Pilates as a method for prevention and rehabilitation of injuries is increasingly being recognised by the medical community. At Spire Fylde Coast Hospital, we have a physiotherapist who has undertaken APPI Modified Pilates training and offers Pilates as part of an individualised rehabilitation programme.
Completing Pilates exercises regularly can help to improve your posture, strength and flexibility Pilates suits all ages and fitness levels and is particularly beneficial for those with back pain, poor posture, sports injuries, arthritis and stress related illness . Many patients find that Pilates is a useful form of exercise when returning to their normal hobbies or sports following injury or surgery.
How do we deliver Pilates?
We use Pilates exercises as part of our patient treatment options. Just as each individual is unique, so are Clinical Pilates exercises. They are tailored to each person’s needs and the patient is taught how to perform them correctly and to modify and progress them as necessary. We believe this is the best way to safely deliver Pilates.
A generic Pilates exercise class for rehabilitation is not appropriate for everyone, since it does not allow the Clinician to be able to keep a close eye on every person’s moves, which if done incorrectly can cause existing conditions to persist or even deteriorate. If Modified Pilates exercises are recommended as part of your treatment, we would advise you to wear comfortable clothing, with leggings, joggers or shorts and socks.
For more information, or to book an assessment with a physiotherapist please contact us n 01253 308066