Pilates for Scoliosis

By Suzanne Martin, PT, DPT | Featured on PilatesPro

Scoliosis is a chronic spinal condition, not particularly a disease. It’s a hot topic in the Pilates world, and in the hands of a skilled instructor, Pilates can excel in the long-term training needed to help change the many factors involved in the distorted spine and unbalanced musculature associated with scoliosis. In this article, I’ll introduce you to scoliosis and provide some guidelines and Pilates exercises for working with these clients.

Pilates clients are often shocked to learn that scoliosis is not necessarily considered a diagnosis worthy of insurance reimbursement. […]

Rehabilitation: A Different Kind of Pilates

By Brent Anderson, PhD, PT, OCS As seen in the Fall 2005 Balanced Body Pilates COREterly

Pilates continues to receive attention in the field of rehabilitation – with good reason. Recent research supports Pilates as an appropriate intervention for common orthopedic injuries. And when compared to other common forms of rehabilitation, it has been equal if not superior in physical, psychological and disability measures.

What is Pilates for rehabilitation? Is it the original or classical work touted by millions around the world as the best “ab–buster”? No. It is, however, the powerful and flexible environment that Pilates equipment can […]

Where Pilates and Physical Therapy Meet

Typically, when we think of physical rehabilitation we think of physical therapy. However, with the exceptional rise in the popularity of Pilates over the past ten years, awareness of its rehabilitative effects has increased. Doctors recommend Pilates to their clients with foot, knee, back, shoulder, neck pain and more. Physical therapists are integrating Pilates equipment and exercises into their practices, and many are trained as Pilates instructors as well. This interesting and growing relationship between Pilates and physical therapy is what we will look at more closely in this article.

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Pilates as an Extension of Physical Therapy

Pilates is used in Leading Rehabilitation Hospitals and Physical Therapy Clinics Throughout the Country

Pilates was traditionally used by dancers for rehabilitation from injuries as far back as the 1920s. Subsequently, it was discovered by the orthopedic/physical therapy community and is now used in leading rehabilitation hospitals and physical therapy clinics throughout the country. Based on the latest research in injury rehabilitation, through therapeutic Pilates you will learn:

Spinal and joint stabilization Optimal biomechanics promoting healing and injury prevention Improved proprioception and awareness Healing Through Movement

Back and joint pain sufferers often experience a Catch-22—movement is essential to healing, but […]

Pilates as a Back Pain Cure

Vicky Joseph’s back pain started while she was on a training walk, preparing for a trekking holiday in Nepal.

The pain got so severe that she became depressed and had to leave her job.

She spent years searching for a cure for the pain. She consulted specialists up and down the country and abroad – from orthopaedic surgeons to faith healers.

Five years and more than 50 specialists later, Vicky has stopped her search after discovering pilates.

Surgery and physiotherapy helped ease the pain, but taking up pilates is a lifestyle change that is helping her manage her back […]

6 Pilates Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk

It’s Monday morning and many of us are headed back to the office for another busy work week. If you are someone who is stuck at your desk for the majority of your work day, you may want to think about getting some pilates stretches into your workday routine. Here are six simple Pilates-based exercises you can do in your chair that will instantly make you feel better. 1. Core Breathing

The essence of practicing Pilates starts with your core. To get a rough idea of where yours is, form a triangle with your hands and place your thumbs […]

Learn to Breathe Deeply

Knowing how to take a full, deep breath is true life skill. A full breath cycle spreads life-giving oxygen throughout the body, gets rid of waste gasses like carbon dioxide, and stimulates the spine and internal organs.

Deep breathing is an essential part of maximizing any form of exercise you do. In Pilates, we use the dynamic of full breathing — big inhales and exhales — to initiate and power our Pilates exercises, and most Pilates exercises are taught with breathing patterns.

One of the first steps in learning to breathe well is to learn diaphragmatic deep breathing. The […]

Pilates Exercise and Back Pain

The important principles of Pilates are consistent with an exercise program that promotes back health. In particular, learning awareness of neutral alignment of the spine and strengthening the deep postural muscles that support this alignment are important skills for the back pain patient.

Patients with pain stemming from excessive movement and degeneration of the intervertebral discs and joints are particularly likely to benefit from a Pilates exercise program. In addition, postural asymmetries can be improved, thus decreasing wear and tear resulting from uneven stresses on the intervertebral joints and discs.

Pilates improves strength, flexibility, and suppleness of the muscles […]

The Benefits of Pilates

The Benefits of Pilates | Just what can Pilates exercises do for you?

By Barbara Russi Sarnataro

“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” — Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86.

Runner or golfer, tennis player or new mom, chances are you’ve heard someone talking about the benefits of Pilates. Many types of people, at many levels of fitness, who have begun doing Pilates exercises say they’ve seen improvements in range of motion, flexibility, circulation, posture, and […]

Adhesive Capsulitis

Adhesive Capsulitis

Adhesive Capsulitis a.k.a ‘Frozen Shoulder’ is a condition that effects the health and agility of the shoulder joint. The symptoms include stiffening of the joint, decreased range of motion, searing pain, loss of shoulder function, postural issues and loss of sleep. There are many theories but no known causes for the disorder. 2% of the population seems to be affected and most are women between the ages of 40-60. There are many medical treatments, most of which seem costly and ineffective. The condition seems to mysteriously disappear after 2-3 years, however, there are often residual effects. I, […]