Pilates exercise was founded by Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) in the 1920s.  He was an exercise enthusiast and called his method “contrology” with the main emphasis on controlling mind, body and spirit.  Clinical Pilates is an adaption of Joseph Pilate’s original work and founded on the principles of improving segmental stability and functional movement using specialised equipment. Over the past few decades clinical pilates has been adapted from the more strenuous form used by dancers to a safer approach suitable for the mainstream exercise/rehabilitation arena. Clinical Pilates is based on many concepts and is constantly evolving with regard to current research into anatomy/physiology and spinal stability. The fundamentals of Clinical Pilates are obtained from segmental/lumbar stabilisation research. 


Clinical Pilates can be used in conjunction with physiotherapy as a means of treating a variety of injuries, particularly those of the neck and back. Clinical pilates has been shown to reduce pain and disability in chronic low back pain populations (Posadzki et al., 2011; Rydeard et al., 2006; Wajswelner et al., 2011). This evidence advocates the retraining of the deep stabilising muscles (transversus abdominis) for patients with low back pain. Clinical Pilates focuses on the retraining and recruitment of these stabilising muscles (core stability) as well as improving posture, strength and flexibility. Clinical Plates will often be recommended by your physiotherapist to help improve your posture and help reduce the recurrence of your neck pain/back pain. Clinical Pilates will focus on stretching and gaining flexibility and strength in your back and neck. Your experienced Clinical Pilates instructor will design a specific exercise program that is individually tailored for you.


Clinical Pilates is also an ideal exercise to perform during pregnancy as it targets the core and pelvic muscles that can weaken during pregnancy. These exercises can be performed in positions that are suitable for women at all stages of pregnancy and can be modified as your pregnancy progresses. These exercises help take the stress off the back and pelvic floor and also ensure flexibility is maintained. Our Clinical Pilates instructors will ensure you get the attention you need as an individual or in a group session (max of 4).


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Conveniently located at 1199 High St, Armadale, More Than Physio offers Physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates, Podiatry, Massage and TCM to the local Armadale, Malvern, Toorak, Bentleigh and McKinnon communities.  Call our practice today on (03) 9824 8868 to arrange an appointment.