Getting Started with Rehabilitation
Are you suffering from chronic pain and nothing makes it go away? Are you preparing for upcoming surgery or recovering from one? Have you had a recent injury that is in need of rehabilitation?
If you said “yes” to any of the above, then using Pilates for rehabilitation could be the answer to strengthening your body, reducing recovery time and minimizing or even possibly eliminating your chronic pain.
Joseph Pilates was a sickly child, suffering from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. He grew up believing that by becoming physically fit he could overcome these illnesses. Joseph later dubbed his method “contrology,” defined as a combination of mental focus, muscle control, coordinated breathwork and precise movement that flows from stability of the spine.
During WWI Joseph worked with injured soldiers, many of whom were bedridden. He began using bedsprings to help rehabilitate the soldiers without having to get them out of bed. His spring resistance exercises facilitated movement, improved circulation, muscle strength, joint stabilization, and spine stability. This was the genesis of Pilates equipment, now commonly used by physical therapists to rehab a wide variety of conditions, including but not limited to:
- Acute and Chronic Back Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Auto & Work Related Injuries
- Knee or Hip Replacement
As corrective exercise, Pilates balances and strengthens the muscles of the pelvis, hips, spine and deep core. This helps prevent new injuries, minimizes problems from pre-existing injuries, and reduces back pain because the body’s movement is coming from the strong foundation.