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