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Pilates is definitely popular for strengthening the core while improving balance and flexibility. But did you know that the effects of Pilates classes are extremely rehabilitative as well? The principles of Pilates (centering, concentration, control, flow, precision and breath) also form the basis for the rehabilitation of many common orthopedic problems—it therefore makes perfect sense that Pilates is used regularly to help prevent and rehabilitate a wide range of injuries and orthopedic issues.
Many professional athletes regularly practice Pilates to improve their core strength and flexibility, which helps them to prevent injuries and boost performance. Yet when athletes are injured, many physical therapists send their patients to a Pilates studio to practice this innovative form of movement as a healing modality.
Since Pilates is low impact, it does not increase inflammation and can actually provide some relief for pain and injury. More importantly, patients can take Pilates classes with the goal of recuperation. Since the movement focuses on control of the body and muscular system, it allows the injured to slowly increase their strength and flexibility, which helps facilitate and sometimes expedite the healing process.
If you’ve ever had to visit a physical therapist, you might notice some equipment similar to what you see in a Pilates studio. Some even have reformers for patients to exercise on! This attests to how important it is to strengthen the core when it comes to healing your body and preventing further injury.
We have had many students attend our Manhattan Beach Pilates classes or take private sessions to help them heal and rehabilitate a variety of injuries, ranging from back and neck injuries, Sciatica and tendonitis to hip bursitis, Fibromyalgia and joint injuries, among many other conditions.
We also have individuals take our Manhattan Beach Pilates classes with the goal of correcting posture and Scoliosis, and to reduce pain symptoms from many chronic illnesses, including arthritis and osteoporosis. Many patients also take Pilates to assist with recovery from surgery.
The great news is, often times when you’re receiving treatment from an orthopedic doctor, physical therapist or chiropractor, they will recommend taking Pilates and your insurance will cover the costs, either partially or in full. For example, Manhattan Beach chiropractor Dr. Natasha Nelson of Inside Out, a chiropractic wellness center, often refers patients to us.