Pilates for Rehabilitation

Our three physical therapists are also certified Pilates instructors. This 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 a wide range of ages and ability level can perform safely.

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 physical therapy as well as continued wellness. That’s why all of our PTs are certified in it. The physical therapists at Blue Sky PT understand the precautions and contra-indications of musculo-skeletal issues, and tailor the therapy appropriately for each patient.


Blue Sky Physical Therapy
155 S. Madison Street, Suite 303, Denver, CO, 80209, Tel 303-388-1537 Fax 303-388-4470