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Pilates For Injury Prevention And Rehabilitation

When professional sports teams and athletes take up a specific exercise programme you know it has to be something worthwhile doing.

Pilates has seen significant growth in popularity over recent years and for good reason. As a low-impact routine which does not cause excessive strain to the joints - inflammation and overuse syndromes can be avoided. It is ideal as part of a cross training exercise approach.

How can Pilates prevent injury

Pilates has a strong focus on the core muscles but doesn't neglect the rest of the body either. Nearly all movements initiate from the core and therefore better core strength enables greater control and balance of movement.

Another result of this enhanced control is increased strength/stability and flexibility which leads to greater overall levels of function and performance. Performing everyday tasks or indeed any sporting activities from a more stable body position will decrease the chances of sustaining common injuries and sprains. It is for this reason Pilates has been incorporated into the training regimes of many sports teams including the All Blacks and many premiership football clubs.

How is Pilates used for rehabilitation

injuries occur from excessive strain placed on our bodies. What is 'excessive'? Well it is going to be different for everyone depending on the existing condition of their body. Poor posture can cause muscle imbalances ,in the back and pelvis making these areas more susceptible to injury. A repetitive physical task could strengthen specific muscles needed for the action leaving nearby muscles weaker in comparison and potentially out of balance. A different task performed later that may require both the now stronger and weaker muscles makes you vulnerable to injury.

The flexibility of the Pilates system and being low-impact makes it a powerful rehabilitation system to 're-balance' the muscular system.

Pilates can be divided into a 'fitness style' and a 'clinical style'. A clinical Pilates class would typically be led by a suitably qualified medical professional such as a Chartered Physiotherapist, competent to guide an injured body through the rehabilitation stages. A clinical, Physiotherapist led Pilates class can also be very effective for those wanting to get fitter and prevent injuries in a more controlled and safe environment.

There are a great many different movements available in the Pilates system, as well as varying equipment aids available, which allows for the exercise routine to be tailored specifically for the individual. Even in a class setting, as long as it is a small class, the routine can accommodate participants with different physical conditions.

Physio led Pilates

In our Pilates studio we run progressive class levels from beginner to advanced. Our more advanced classes are generally more fitness focused for ,optimal health body conditioning.

If you are new to Pilates seeking the clinical and/or fitness benefits, or have been recommended Pilates to help you cope with or rehabilitate an injury, our beginner classes are ideal for you.

Our classes are small, limited to 6 participants, and led by a Chartered Physiotherapist who has undergone post graduate training in Pilates instruction. Individual attention ensures you are not stuck on any movement that is not right for you, you do not risk causing injury and that you get the most benefit from each class.

For a detailed explanation on the art and science of Pilates as a rehab approach - see this article.

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Author Info:
- MSc, BSc Hons, DipMedAc, MISCP


PhysioPilates ~ healthy moving since 2011
Mount Merrion Physiotherapy
105 Trees Rd, Mount Merrion, Co Dublin. Tel. 01 283 4303