How combining physiotherapy with Clinical Pilates leads to better outcomes

pilates-pregnant-woman

How combining physiotherapy with Clinical Pilates leads to better outcomes

In the 1920’s, when Joseph Pilates first created his new method of physical training he named it ‘Contrology’ due to the immense focus on control of the body and mind. Pilates was developed over the course of many years, with a combination of anatomy training, acrobatics, Yoga principles, and ancient Greek and Roman methods of training all adding up to what we see as modern Pilates. Add to this Joseph’s engineering skills and ingenuity and you have the creation of the Pilates reformer machine as well. Pilates was originally a system designed to aid rehabilitation for returned soldiers.[1] It has also been used by dancers and is infinitely versatile due to the combination of flexibility principles, strength training techniques, and theories and practice of self-awareness. Joseph thought of his creation as “the complete coordination of the body, mind and spirit”. In the hands of an expert musculoskeletal physiotherapist, it is transformed into Clinical Pilates; capable of being adapted into tailor made programs based on clinical assessments and adaptable to fit any injuries, musculoskeletal conditions and pregnancy trimesters.

Clinical Pilates sessions at Lane Cove physiotherapy are conducted by experienced physiotherapists, experts in musculoskeletal function and rehabilitation. One-on-one individual physiotherapy clinical pilates at Lane Cove is conducted with a personal and specifically designed program with each suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

Benefits of undertaking clinical Pilates with your physiotherapist

Clinical Pilates exercises have been designed to aid in the re-education and correction of specific movements, muscular or joint injuries and functional problem. This helps with reducing pain and keeping it away along with increasing flexibility. Your Lane Cove physio will help educate you on your specific injury and exercises, teaching you how to identify and work on any issues. Other benefits include:

  • Increased muscle tone and body awareness
  • Exercise rehabilitation for movement disorders
  • Improved balance and co-ordination
  • Enhanced sports performance
  • Decreased recurrence of back pain
  • Restoration of normal posture and function
  • Muscle flexibility

How Clinical Pilates helps to increase Core strength and reduce back pain

Spine stabilisation and keeping a correct posture is essential to keeping recurring back injuries at bay.[2] Strengthening your core is the key to ensuring this process is maintained regularly. During your Clinical Pilates classes your Lane Cove physiotherapist will focus on targeting those muscles that are most important, while bringing your attention to the control and feel of how the exercises affect your muscles to increase your own awareness of your body. Many people are not aware that core strength plays a large part in a number of everyday activities including: sitting for long periods of time, lifting weight, playing sports and even standing.[3] The more you work on and are aware of your core the less pain will suffer.

Is pre and post natal Pilates beneficial?

People practice Clinical Pilates for a number of different reasons, but studies have shown specific benefits for women who are looking to conceive, are pregnant or are looking to increase their post-natal condition.[4] Exercising the deep abdominal muscles, pelvic floor muscles and general movement is very important for women pre, during and post pregnancy. If clients are new to Pilates or are returning after injury or pregnancy, one-on-one time is critical to get the foundations of movement correct Your Lane Cove physio will help you to:

  • Monitor and achieve safe levels of exercise during pregnancy
  • Learn and practice optimal posture during pregnancy
  • Focus on muscle strengthening during and post-pregnancy
  • Maintain and improve pelvic floor strengthening and retraining
  • Understand what to look out for when it comes to pelvic pain (SIJ and pubic symphysis)

Clinical Pilates is an amalgamation of scientific physiotherapy methods, tailored bespoke treatment programs and Pilates. A Lane Cove physiotherapy studio with access to all of the latest functional training systems, hydrotherapy training techniques and musculoskeletal knowledge allows an unparalleled scope of treatment. Prior to beginning your Clinical Pilates program, your Lane Cove physio will undergo a thorough physical assessment in order to understand physical situation, your body movements and to tailor the program to your individual goals. Having a bespoke program allows it to be dynamic and can be altered and updated as you need it and as your results progress.


[1] My Pilates Guru: Exercise training classes for beginners to the more advanced By Anya Haye

[2] Lis, A. M., Black, K. M., Korn, H., & Nordin, M. (2006). Association between sitting and occupational LBP. European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society, 16(2), 283-98.

[3] Hsu, S. L., Oda, H., Shirahata, S., Watanabe, M., & Sasaki, M. (2018). Effects of core strength training on core stability. Journal of physical therapy science, 30(8), 1014-1018.

[4] Uppal, Elaine & Manley, Julie & Schofield, Aneleigh. (2016). Pilates for pregnancy and beyond: a study. The practising midwife. 19. 25-27.