We get asked this question so much, we have made a blog to answer all those burning questions!!!
So firstly, what exactly is Clinical Pilates?
Well it is a form of physical exercise that focuses on…
- core stability
- strength, balance
HOW does it work?
Pilates works to improve the dynamic stability of the spine, which in turn transfers functional strength through to your limbs, as well as improving your posture.
Pilates can be extremely beneficial for people of all age groups, both with or without injuries. For those with injuries, Pilates needs to be specifically tailored to the individual, otherwise further injury is likely to occur if performing the wrong exercises for your body.
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Pilates vs Clinical Pilates
Clinical Pilates, as distinct from generic gym-based Pilates classes, applies carefully selected exercises to patients, to assist in the treatment of specific injuries. With recent Private Health Insurance (PHI) changes, only Clinical Pilates or “Clinical Exercise”, is covered. DON’T WORRY, the way Revive’s classes are structured makes them COVERED by your PHI. Generic Pilates classes are no longer covered!!
Will I bulk up doing Pilates?
All Pilates exercises vary in complexity and can be made easier or harder depending on your ability to control the exercise. As opposed to doing weights training in a gym, Pilates works by challenging your body’s control of the movement, not by simply adding extra weight. This is often why we see a difference in results, especially from those who do Pilates for fitness. Instead of big bulky muscles that often come with weight training, Pilates often results in longer, leaner, toned muscles. This is also achieved by the repetition “rep” range of Pilates exercises, which is often higher than those lifting weights. By doing 20-30 reps or 2 minute round circuits, Pilates exercises tends to recruit more endurance slow twitch “Type 1” muscle fibres. We know these muscle fibres are smaller than fast twitch “Type 2” fibres. Slow twitch also take longer to fatigue, this is specifically beneficial for our postural muscles which we want to be working for long periods of time throughout the day.
For example… sitting at a computer desk or standing at work all day? Your postural muscles can start to fatigue, that’s when you’ll start to lose your posture, and aches and pains can start. By strengthening your postural and core muscles, you can avoid this occurring and start to avoid many associated injuries.
The other main reason we see leaner, toned muscles with Pilates is the actual exercises and movements themselves. Many exercises involve using your limbs throughout their full range, again as opposed to short movements like when lifting weights.
I’m pregnant! Is it still safe to do Pilates???
YES! Not only will it help keep back and pelvic pain at bay, it is also an excellent way to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Because Pilates can be tailored to your size and fitness level, we can accommodate your growing tummy and find comfortable positions for you to still exercise in.
EVEN BETTER NEWS is that research shows that women who stay active during pregnancy will experience a shorter active stage of labour and better post-birth recovery!
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At Revive, we’ve had many women who are still able to attend Pilates classes right up until they go into labour!
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If for some reason you were unable to do Pilates during your pregnancy, there are still many benefits of starting post pregnancy!!!
Check out this blog from our archives for more information about the benefits of Pilates post pregnancy…https://revivephysio.com.au/wordpress/exercise-post-pregnancy/
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Pilates at Revive…
- You will do a combination of equipment-based and floor-based exercises
- Our Pilates studio contains state of the art, specialised Pilates equipment including Reformers and Trapeze
- Floor-based exercises may incorporate gym balls, foam rollers, Pilates rings and balance trainers. We are the ONLY physio centre in Altona North to offer EQUIPMENT/REFORMER based Clinical Pilates
- Your physiotherapist will perform a thorough assessment of your injury before recommending the appropriate Pilates option to meet your goals
What can be done? I challenge you to take action against your pain!
This is an amazing opportunity to see what can and should be done for your pain – you owe it to yourself to get a proper assessment and a proper management plan developed. Have you ever heard of a gymnast with their toned, flexible muscles missing a comp due to back pain… me neither!
I’m so confident we can help you that we’d love to chat with you personally about your issue! Just give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be more than happy to explain how we can have you pain free and enjoying your life again!
Whether it is rehabilitation, injury management or general fitness, Revive Physiotherapy and Pilates have you covered!