Pilates and Clinical Pilates
Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of a series of low-impact movements in standing, sitting, kneeling and lying. Pilates emphasises postural alignment, trunk stability and mobility, muscle endurance and balance. Pilates is named after its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s.
It is a relaxing and gentle form of exercise, although can incorporate some strenuous moves, which also benefits by lowering stress levels and increasing general well-being. It is often used in conjunction with physiotherapy, addressing an area of specific need such as lower back, neck and shoulder pain or following an injury or surgery.
Jo is qualified in Clinical Pilates, which incorporates specific exercises as a treatment, to match the patient’s own condition. Jo undertakes an initial assessment prior to starting Pilates, to ensure she knows your specific needs and abilities. Classes are limited to 8 participants, enabling exercises to be adapted according to individual needs.
Physiojo runs a number of Pilates classes through the week, with morning, day and evening classes.
What conditions can Pilates can help improve?
Physiotherapy-based Clinical Pilates improves trunk stability, mobility and efficiency, helping with back and neck pain, sporting injuries, musculoskeletal problems and general injuries. It also helps improve sporting performance and posture to prevent falls and improve health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Pilates will add muscle mass, which will ensure your body makes better use of glucose. Your physiotherapist can tailor exercises for your type of diabetic condition to ensure the movements are safe for your health.
If you suffer from arthritis, strength training should be included in your exercise program. Research shows that a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training can help control symptoms, maintain balance, keep joints flexible and help maintain an ideal body weight. Pilates strengthens the thigh muscles, which may help prevent arthritis, further disability and knee injuries.
Multiple sclerosis (MS): Studies have shown that Clinical Pilates exercises revealed moderate changes in levels of cognitive and physical performance, balance, depression and fatigue in MS patients.
Pilates exercise programs have proven to be as effective as conventional pelvic floor muscle exercises (PFME) to speed up continence recovery after prostate surgery (prostatectomy).