Pilates for Rehabilitation

karenrehabThe unique combination of PT and Pilates has created a new and effective way to treat patients. Pilates strengthens core muscles (posture muscles), which can decrease mid or low back pain, headaches, knee or hip pain, and shoulder pain, to name just a few. Pilates can also help improve flexibility in soft tissue as well as improve posture, joint mobility and balance. It is a gentle form of exercise/rehab that can be performed safely by a wide range of ages and ability levels.

For low back dysfunction or pain, the emphasis is on the transversus abdominus, multifidus, abdominal obliques, and pelvic floor muscles. These are the deep muscles that surround your pelvis and core creating a “girdle” of support. Pilates lower back exercises can benefit post-natal women, patients with chronic lower back pain and postural dysfunctions. For upper back and neck pain, the emphasis is on parascapular muscles firing in the appropriate pattern, connecting the scapulae to the thoracic wall, building a good foundation for the cervical spine. This will help rehabilitate a shoulder dysfunction as well. Proper scapulo-humeral and scapulo-thoracic rhythm is essential for pain-free shoulder motion. For lower extremity issues and balance disorders, the emphasis switches to balance, proprioceptive training in the ankle, knee and hip joints, and appropriate recruitment of the stabilizing muscles surrounding all joints. Emphasis on hip strength in the frontal plane helps rehabilitate ankle and knee injuries as well.

Pilates is an excellent tool for both physical therapy and continued wellness. That’s why all of our therapists have experience with Pilates, and six of our instructors are also physical therapists at Blue Sky. Our Pilates instructors are either physical therapists or a certified instructor, or both. The instructors at Blue Sky PT understand the precautions and contra-indications of musculo-skeletal issues, and tailor the therapy appropriately for each patient.