Exercise Therapy And Pilates

Exercise Therapy And Pilates | Australian Sports Physiotherapy

Are you dealing with a current physical injury or chronic pain? Exercise therapy and Pilates may be just the solutions you need. These two approaches are increasingly being used in physiotherapy to help patients recover and improve their overall well-being.

Physiotherapy is a field dedicated to helping individuals restore and enhance their physical health through various treatment techniques. Once there is an improvement, exercise therapy and Pilates can be utilised in aiding rehabilitation and promoting good health.

These techniques are not only effective in treating various conditions and injuries but also in improving overall strength and flexibility. Whether you are an athlete looking to prevent injuries or someone recovering from an injury or chronic pain, incorporating these practices into your physiotherapy routine can make a significant difference in your recovery journey.

 

What is exercise therapy?

Exercise therapy programs are diverse and may include activities to help with injury, discomfort, or mobility concerns.

Exercise therapy can be used to enhance physical abilities, develop strength and flexibility by optimising muscular function, improve physical fitness, and improve overall health and well-being.

Exercise therapy is an important aspect of the management of all musculoskeletal problems, and it comprises recommended activities to treat, aid in rehabilitation, and prevent damage.

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What is Pilates?

Pilates was invented in Germany by Joseph Pilates, a carpenter and gymnast. He developed Pilates as an exercise program for wounded dancers and soldiers while residing in the United Kingdom. According to Joseph Pilates, there is a direct correlation between mental and physical well-being. In the 1920s, he came to the United States and established a Pilates studio in New York. 

Pilates is a low-impact workout regimen that focuses on strengthening muscles while also improving posture and flexibility. Pilates movements primarily target the core, although they also work on other regions of the body.

Pilates operates from the centre of the body outward. It is used to improve posture, flexibility, coordination, strength, breathing patterns, and general mind-body awareness. It forces you to become more conscious of your body and work from the core muscles, resulting in a stronger physique.

 

Pilates for physiotherapy

Many rehabilitation clinics and wellness centres now provide Pilates as a kind of physical treatment. According to research, Pilates can be an effective treatment for injuries and illnesses such as:

  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Hip and knee replacements
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scoliosis

It is also ideal for athletes, dancers, and other sports professionals who have sustained an injury and require therapy to come back to peak performance. Pilates exercises may be customised to target specific regions of your body, as long as you have a trained and experienced instructor.

 

Exercise therapy vs. Pilates: Is there a difference?

At Australian Sports Physiotherapy, we utilise both exercise therapy and Pilates in the same exercise class in order to increase overall health, leading to a better quality of life. 

Our classes are run by an experienced exercise physiologist who are experienced and highly trained in prescribing and adapting exercise to various pathologies you might have.

However, should you have an injury that is not improving. your physiotherapist should assess your injury. In addition to diagnosing and treating what causes pain, these professionals may refer you to other specialists if needed.

Pilates can complement your rehabilitation program, but first, you need to get a professional diagnosis.

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Final thoughts on exercise therapy and pilates

Incorporating exercise therapy and Pilates into your physiotherapy routine can be a game-changer for your overall health and well-being. Not only will you see improvements in your physical strength and flexibility, but you’ll also experience an increase in mental clarity and emotional well-being.

So why wait? Start your journey towards a stronger, healthier you today and unlock the incredible benefits of exercise therapy and Pilates under the guidance of an experienced physiotherapist. Your body and mind will thank you!

 

Book an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists today for a comprehensive assessment and customised treatment plan.

 

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About the Author

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Niki Holding

Niki Holding is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with an impressive array of qualifications under her belt, including a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science to name a few. What sets Niki apart as an Exercise Physiologist is her unwavering dedication to helping people find their exercise motivation and achieve their health goals. On top of this, Niki also has an incredible amount of experience in first aid and as a sports trainer. Niki currently works with St John Ambulance and the Western Bulldogs with the AFLW/VFLW teams But Niki is more than just a fitness guru. She is also an avid traveler and has hiked to Mt Everest Base Camp, volunteered in Mozambique, taught first aid in rural areas of Tanzania, and conquered Mt Kilimanjaro.
Picture of Niki Holding

Niki Holding

Niki Holding is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with an impressive array of qualifications under her belt, including a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science to name a few. What sets Niki apart as an Exercise Physiologist is her unwavering dedication to helping people find their exercise motivation and achieve their health goals. On top of this, Niki also has an incredible amount of experience in first aid and as a sports trainer. Niki currently works with St John Ambulance and the Western Bulldogs with the AFLW/VFLW teams But Niki is more than just a fitness guru. She is also an avid traveler and has hiked to Mt Everest Base Camp, volunteered in Mozambique, taught first aid in rural areas of Tanzania, and conquered Mt Kilimanjaro.

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