When Joseph Pilates created his method of physical conditioning, he called it Contrology and designed it to optimize strength and flexibility, while correcting postural misalignment and muscular imbalance and faulty movement patterns. Decades latter, physiotherapists realized that this was exactly what their patients need after surgery.
Most Pilates instructor certification programs offer an optional specialization in post rehabilitation. Here at Loftus Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation, our Clinical Pilates instructors are also physiotherapists and/or exercise physiologists. This means that they can incorporate Pilates exercises into your rehab program.
Pilates and Rehab
Joseph Pilates was born with enough physical ailments to fill an entire textbook, but he used hi own method to turn himself into a super athlete. As a German citizen working in England during the first world war, he was sent to a British internment camp, where he became a self-appointed physical therapist. It was here that he learned to rig the bed springs to create therapeutic resistance for his patients. These bed springs laid the foundations for the Pilates apparatus.
Pilates and Breast Cancer Treatment
After the war, Pilates and his wife Clara, a registered nurse, moved to New York City, where they opened a studio in downtown Manhattan. The professional dance world embraced his method, with many dancers claiming that he saved their careers. Professional dancer Eve Gentry was one of his students. In 1955, she underwent a full, radical mastectomy. It was the Pilates method that helped her regain full upper body strength and range of motion. Many doctors now recommend Pilates exercise As post-mastectomy treatment.
Hip and Knee Replacement
If you are in need of a hip or knee replacement operation, your doctor might prescribe a pre- and post-arthroplasty program involving the Pilates method. These exercise plans use a modified version of a typical Pilates routine. For example, post-hip replacement Pilates program has the following modifications:
ñ Do not move your leg past 90 degrees of flexion
ñ Avoid crossing cross the affected leg over the other leg.
ñ Avoid kneeling
Spinal is a narrowing of one or more sections of the spine. During the therapeutic process, it requires flexion exercise for pain relief. Depending on your condition, your physiotherapist or exercise physiologist might have you perform forward flexion exercises using the Pilates chair.
In contrast to spinal stenosis, the post-operative phase of herniated disc surgery requires extension. pedals as he arches his back and extends his spine. The prone position on the Pilates chair is often used for this type of treatment.
Anterior cruciate ligament tears almost always surgical intervention. The goals of treatment include regaining strength and range of motion in both flexion and extension. — especially hamstring strength and gradually regaining full flexion and extension. During the early, postoperative phase of treatment, you might not be able to perform weight-bearing exercise. The Pilates reformer provides safe and effective treatment at the phase of the rehab process. As your knee begins to heal, your physiotherapist will introduce weight bearing exercises on the chair and reformer.
Physiotherapists and exercise physiologists trained in Clinical Pilates can offer you more options for the therapeutic process. After you have completed your physiotherapy, your physio or exercise physiologist can design a Pilates program for injury prevention and general fitness. Call Happy Physio at (08) 9272 7359.