Clinical Pilates

What is Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is a personalised exercise program to assist in spinal and limb stability and control. Joseph Pilates (1880 -1967) has given his name to the form of low-impact exercise developed by him in Europe. Pilates was interested in the mind-body connection, blending aspects of Yoga, meditation and martial arts. ‘Clinical Pilates’ has flowed from these ideas to the medical framework, assisting physiotherapists in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and their prevention.

Initially used by Dance Arts, we now know that people from many different activity and work backgrounds can improve postural and stabilising muscle function using Pilates. With the guidance of a qualified physiotherapist, this approach is helpful in preventing back pain and lowering the likelihood of it returning. Pilates classes and one on one sessions are conducted at Physica Ringwood and Physica Devonport.

Physica Clinical Pilates is available to assist with the management of patients with neck and back complaints, upper and lower limb injuries, as well as people wanting additional fitness and trunk strength. Clinical Pilates can be particularly helpful for patients who may be experiencing: back pain, arthritic conditions, pre and post natal back and pelvic pain, and pre and post spinal surgery pain.

  • You should wear comfortable gym clothing. Please bring a towel and a bottle of water to your Pilates session.

Clinical Pilates classes vary in size from 1:1 to groups of up to 5, depending on the patient’s needs and ability. Your therapist will devise an individualised program that is specific to your needs. Exercises in the Pilates approach may utilize a variety of equipment including Swiss balls and the Pilates reformer couch.