Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. It is an innovative system connecting the mind and body that was developed from the principles of German-born Joseph Pilates. Pilates performed in the rehabilitation setting is very different from that in a gym setting or seen on a video.
Our emphasis is to teach safe exercise while focusing on the coordination of breathing, maintaining the correct spinal alignment, postural elongation, relaxation and reducing overuse of extraneous muscles. With its low impact exercises and emphasis on the abdominal area, patients can work around injuries and physical limitations and prevent injuries from occurring in the future.
This type of exercise may be used as an addition to treatment for a wide variety of medical conditions, including but not limited to patients with:
> Osteoporosis or osteopenia
> Chronic back or neck pain stemming from degenerative disc or joint disease
> Post-surgical procedures
> Pre or post-natal pain
> Neurological conditions such as MS or Parkinson's disease
> Generalized weakness
> General balance problems
Pilates allows our patients to return to safe and gentle exercise and gain confidence in knowing they won't get injured.