When it comes to physiological problems, pain management and recovery from injury, disease or surgery, a multi-disciplinary approach often works the best. For this reason, experts are now increasingly taking to a combination of physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates, combining the best principles of both the disciplines.
In this section, we will explain the core highlights of both the concepts along with the key benefits of combining the two approaches.
Clinical Pilates – Key Highlights
Clinical Pilates combines the essential principles of the original Pilates program with basics of body mechanics to facilitate better treatment of injuries and musculoskeletal issues, based on its key eight principles including:
This concept builds your core stability and core strength to achieve the following objectives:
- Improvement in flexibility and stability
- Postural correction
- Prevention of injuries
- Better performance in sports
- Better coordination and balance
- Better breathing function
- Expediting recovery
Physiotherapy – Key Highlights
Physiotherapy is the art of healing the body through specific exercises, helping to restore bodily functions after a pain or injury. A physiotherapist is a professional trained in assessing the patient’s specific problem area/s and devising an appropriate step-by-step plan to fix the problem. Regular physiotherapy sessions are often advised for patients who have chronic pain-related issues or have undergone surgery recently.
How does a physiotherapist use Clinical Pilates?
As posted on an earlier blog, a physiotherapist is a health and fitness professional trained in rehabilitation pre and post injury, pain, or surgery. Physiotherapy helps you in restoring maximum function and improving the ability to move your joints, muscles, ligaments and bones after you have suffered from pain or an injury. For the best possible therapy of your pain or injury, the physiotherapists at Happy Physio take the basic exercises of Clinical Pilates and modify them to suit your specific needs. These experts take the mat based exercises of Clinical Pilates and make them more suitable for patients with specific pain-related issues or ailments. For instance, a Clinical Pilates trained physiotherapist at Happy Physio can point out the ‘direction preference’ of a patient. This is the specific direction in which an individual’s body prefers to move in, while a problem side is the direction in which the problems arise.
Here, we have listed some of the most important ways in which professionals at Happy Physio combine the essentials of physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates to produce some of the most effective fitness-related results.
- A qualified physiotherapist trained in Clinical Pilates will begin a fitness plan by performing a detailed assessment of the patient’s health status and fitness background, specifically identifying the side of the body creating a problem and developing a plan to target the same.
- A physiotherapist will effectively use the basics of a good posture, strength and flexibility to help build resistance and boost efficiency.
- You will be gently guided to return to your sporting activities after an injury or illness by a physiotherapist using essentials of Clinical Pilates at Happy Physio.
- Regular use of Cinical Pilates in physiotherapy sessions can help prevent injuries to the back and the core muscles.
- Clinical Pilates in physiotherapy is especially known to be useful for developing muscle strength and flexibility.
- Regular sessions by a physiotherapist trained in Clinical Pilates will help enhance the benefit obtained even from the regular exercises done otherwise.
- Apart from the original problem being helped, patients being trained by such a professional have often reported an improvement in the overall strength, flexibility and coordination.