What is Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is a low impact, patient specific form of exercise that was developed and is used by physiotherapists to help with the rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries, particularly back pain. Specialised equipment such as reformers and trapeze tables may be used along with floor exercises and exercises performed on a ball. One of the major focuses of this type of therapy is the development of strength in the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Along with this, Clinical Pilates focuses on postural education and allowing optimal movement in the body.

How does Clinical Pilates Differ from Standard Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is different to standard Pilates in that the client is individually assessed by a physiotherapist and then given exercises that specifically target their problem areas. The physiotherapist closely supervises the client’s technique, and grades the exercises so that injuries are prevented.

Benefits of Clinical Pilates

Some general benefits of Clinical Pilates include:

  • improved core stabilisation
  • improved posture and flexibility
  • firmer and flatter stomach muscles
  • the correction of poor mechanics that underlie injuries
  • better control over breathing
  • less likelihood of injury
  • overall body toning

Who Can Use Clinical Pilates?

Everyone can benefit from Clinical Pilates, however it can be particularly useful for people that have musculoskeletal pain or injury, especially if the symptoms are recurrent or chronic, or if there are motor control problems. It can also help with post-surgical strengthening, such as in the lower back, sacroiliac joint, hip, shoulder, and neck. In pre-natal and post-natal women, Clinical Pilates is used to increase pelvic floor strength and control, for prevention and relief of lower back and pelvic pain, and for body reshaping and toning. People that have postural problems find that Clinical Pilates is helpful as it allows them to develop awareness of their body, as well as increasing their strength and flexibility.

How do I start?

Book an initial screening assessment with physiotherapist Ben Bisset and be guided through the process according to your starting level and supervision requirements.