WHAT IS CLINICAL PILATES?
Clinical Pilates is a series of exercises taken from Joseph Pilates's repertoire which have been adapted by health professions to make them more suitable for patients with neck and back pain, and those rehabilitating from injury. This safe form of exercise focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing.
Evidence supports the use of the Pilates method in the prevention and rehabilitation of back injuries. By retraining the deep abdominal and spinal muscles, Pilates can help to improve your postural habits, movement and prevent the recurrence of back pain.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A CLINICAL PILATES SESSION?
Our physiotherapist will assess your posture and look at the way you use your body in certain activities paying particular attention to movements that cause your pain. This, along with our physiotherapy assessment, will help us identify the causes of your symptoms or pain. It is now well understood that pain switches muscles off, these are often deep stabilising muscles that help support the spine or joints. Imbalances in our body can also be caused by repetitively moving in a certain way at work or in sport. Often we are unaware of this happening but can be the reason you get hurt or your pain won't go away!
Education is paramount so we will provide you with a clear explanation as to what is going on. We will then start you on a individualised exercise programme that is designed to correct these faults and retrain or strengthen muscles that may have become weak or do not activate correctly.
You will use our various pieces of Pilates equipment including the Reformer and we will keep a close eye on you ensuring you are performing the exercises properly. You will receive an online exercise programme to continue at home to reinforce the new movement patterns or postural corrections that you have learned.
Research has shown that regular exercise during pregnancy has many benefits and one of the best forms of exercise for pregnant women is Pilates. Pregnancy Pilates at Auckland Physiotherapy is supervised by our Physiotherapists trained in Women’s Health so you can be confident the exercise is safe, evidence-based and specific to your personal needs.
Pregnancy Pilates is an excellent way of ensuring optimal function of your pelvic floor, as well as targeting the muscles around your lower back and pelvis to help you carry the extra weight during pregnancy and ease back and pelvis pain. It is low impact exercise that is more comfortable on your joints, which can become more susceptible to injury during pregnancy.
Providing all is going well, you can do Pregnancy Pilates from day one right through till the big day with a programme that is modified as you progress. This regular exercise will enable you to control excess weight gain, feel more comfortable as your body changes and means a faster recovery following the birth of your child.
Pregnancy Pilates prepares your body for not only the big event of giving birth but the extremely physical job of having a newborn baby!
No matter when you join us, the Physio’s at Auckland Physiotherapy will ensure your Pregnancy Pilates program is tailored to the changes your body is going through each trimester.
Ready to get moving again? Auckland Physiotherapy offers a specific post natal Pilates programme so new mum’s can to return to regular exercise safely while targeting the muscles most affected by pregnancy and birth.
The thought of getting back into exercise after having a new baby can be very daunting, at Auckland Physiotherapy we have Physio's specifically trained in women's health so you can be confident your programme is specific to your needs whether you have had a vaginal birth or cesarean section and whether you are 6 weeks or 6 months in to motherhood!
What will you get out of Post-natal Pilates?
Initial post-natal assessment with a Physiotherapist
Pelvic Floor Retraining: While you may not notice any problems initially pelvic floor problems are really common – 1 in 3 women will suffer some kind of incontinence after giving birth, so giving these muscles the appropriate attention early on is important for optimal recovery!
Core Muscle Strengthening: Including the deep abdominals and gluteal muscles, to help improve any back or pelvic pain as well as prepare your body for more vigorous exercise
Specific Pilates-based exercises can help to reduce rectus diastasis (abdominal separation)
The exercises can be modified to any level of fitness and close supervision allows us to progress you at your own pace to make sure you get the most out of each session. You can start postnatal Pilates any time after your 6 week post natal check but it is still beneficial to start 6-12months or more after having children!
Pilates for Pain/ Rehabilitation or General Wellbeing
We love getting people moving. We offer a variety of Pilates classes morning, noon and night out of our boutique Newmarket clinic. This includes mat and equipment classes. We keep the classes small to make sure everyone is completing the exercises safely and effectively. The classes are suitable for all levels as the instructor will provide variations on the exercises to suit your level.
We have experienced Physiotherapists and Pilates Instructors taking the classes so you can find the right class for you. We ask everyone that joins the classes to have a 1-1 45 minute session prior to starting. Here you will discuss your goals and what you want to achieve. You will be shown how to find your neutral spine and how to engage your pelvic floors and deep abdominals, along with a few basic moves. You will then start a graduated Pilates exercise program that is individualised to your body and needs.
* Classes may also be covered by Southern Cross
WHAT PROBLEMS MAY BE HELPED WITH CLINICAL PILATES?
Back pain – often caused by faulty or repetitive postural habit
Repetitive strain injuries
Pre and post surgery
Sports performance enhancement
If you want a safe way to get into exercising
Knee and hip problems