Pilates For Rehabilitation
It is said that because of the low impact of the
Pilates, it can be used for rehabilitation. Of course,
there are limitations, as you probably wont see
someone with a broken bone home in front of their DVD
player doing the Pilates.
It is important for those who want to do a program
like Pilates while rehabilitating from an injury, that
they first obtain permission from a physician.
It is also important that they go to a professional
instructor to prevent damage or further injury.
Joseph Pilates originally created his system of
exercises as a rehabilitation and conditioning tool to
improve his own health.
As a child he was constantly suffering from various
ailments including rickets, asthma and rheumatic
fever. During WWI Joseph Pilates continues to develop
and use his work to help in the rehabilitation of
wounded war veterans.
Many medical professionals today recognize the
benefits and therapeutic potential of this system and
many hospitals and clinics now offer Pilates as part
of their rehabilitation-training regimen.
The exercises are helpful to patients who are wounded
or physically challenged. Pilates balances and
strengthens the pelvis, hips, and low back and deep
These exercises help prevent muscle injuries and
minimize problems from pre-existing injuries.
Pilates has been proven effective in the treatment of
acute and chronic back pain, osteoporosis, sports
injuries, auto and work related injuries, head
injuries and scoliosis.
Pilates has made a significant contribution to
rehabilitation by allowing doctors to effectively
identify, develop and refine the movement a patient
can access. Even patients who are generally confined
to a wheelchair they can develop good core strength
and make the patient generally healthy.