What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise that emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility and awareness. The Pilates method generally uses the body as the means of resistance in exercises blending strength and flexibility. This approach leads to improved posture, reduced stress and a stronger core: the abdomen, back and pelvic girdle. An often-used analogy equates the human body with a tree, whose branches cannot thrive without the trunk and roots being strong.
Denver Physical therapists at Cherry Creek Wellness Center incorporate Pilates conditioning into rehabilitative exercise and PT programs designed to speed recovery from musculoskeletal injuries.
Rather than many repetitions of each exercise, the Pilates system endorses fewer, more precise movements that require proper control and form. Because your mind must engage with your body to perform the movements correctly, you experience a new awareness of muscle function and control.
Rehabilitation Benefits of Pilates in Denver
- Appropriate for patients/clients of all ages and physical conditions
- Treatment tailored to your specific musculoskeletal impairments and advances, as appropriate
- Emphasizes core stabilization – excellent for lower back pain
- Promotes improved posture
- Encourages muscular balance and joint alignment
- Increases spine stabilization
- Muscle balancing aspect can help reduce injuries
- Can be incorporated into home exercises
- Can be continued after rehabilitation ends
- Promotes integration of movement at all levels of the musculoskeletal system
Conditions Pilates Rehabilitation Can Treat
Since its development by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s, the Pilates Method of Exercise has become a well-known form of physical therapy for rehabilitation. With an endless variety of exercises and modifications, Pilates adapts to fit a wide range of needs, from the athlete to the elderly. At our Pilates studio, our Pilates instructors assess asymmetries in flexibility, strength and muscle recruitment patterns to address the patient as a whole as well as treat the injury or disorder. Pliates is known to help relieve acute/ chronic pain and speed injury recovery.
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Knee/hip replacements
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Shoulder impingement/tendonitis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Joint injuries (ankle, knee, hip, shoulder)
- Stroke & other neurological events
- Spine Injuries
- Herniated or Degenerated Disks
- SI joint pain
Additional Health Benefits of Pilates Classes Include:
- Improves the Way Your Body Looks and Feels Pilates helps get the breath and circulation moving as well as stimulates the muscles and spine. Many people enjoy the benefits of weight-loss and muscle toning.
- Builds Muscle without Bulk In Pilates, we focus on the whole body to create a long, lean, toned look. We avoid frequent, high repetition exercises that build big, bulky muscles which can increase the chance for injury.
- Core Strength The foundation of Pilates is to strengthen the core muscles (muscles in and around the abdomen and the back). Core strengthening supports a healthy back, good posture and efficient movement patterns.
- Injury Prevention Pilates helps to protect against future injury by strengthening the stabilizer muscles. Other kinds of workouts focus on strengthening already strong muscles, as the weak get weaker. This creates instability in the body, increasing the chance for injury. In Pilates, we focus on a balanced musculature from head to toe.
- Body Awareness & Control Pilates sessions help to teach your body how to move effectively and symmetrically. This focus and concentration also helps you to tune into your body.
- Mind-Body Connection Like yoga, we focus on breath awareness and focused attention which helps to strengthen the mind-body connection.
- Stronger, More Flexible Spine Moving the spine and strengthening the muscles around it helps maintain range of motion and keeps the spine supple yet stable.
- Improved Posture Pilates helps to build muscle memory for good posture, helping you to naturally hold yourself better.
- Better Range of Motion in Joints In Pilates, we exercise the joints which helps bring nourishing elements to the joint and maintains and improves range of motion.
- Improved Circulation The full-body workout of Pilates helps improve circulation throughout the whole body.
- Better Neuromuscular Coordination
- Reduces Stress, Relieves Tension and Boosts Energy
- Improved Balance, Mobility and Agility
Our pilates sessions include rehabilitative applications, core/spinal stabilization, home exercises and muscle balancing.