Clinical Pilates involves the integration of Pilates assessment and rehabilitation exercises into Physiotherapy management of injuries and musculoskeletal pains. The techniques and exercises chosen are based on assessment findings and therefore individually prescribed to address the causes of pain, rather than being part of a generic program or exercise class.
The Pilates Reformer is a traditional piece of Pilates equipment and is the most commonly used. It is a versatile resistance exercise machine, with a sliding carriage moving against spring resistance by pushing through the legs or pulling on ropes using the arms. You can be positioned in lying, sitting, kneeling or standing through the use of a number of accessories. The resistance can be varied to suit the exercise and the ability of the person doing the exercise. It has gained great popularity due to the focus on ‘core’ exercises and the variety of exercises that can be prescribed for people with spinal pain compared to traditional gym-based weights equipment.