At Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists (PTIS), we have found Pilates to be a beneficial rehabilitation tool for our spinal patients. From general back pain to post spinal surgery, Pilates can be utilized to improve function and decrease pain. At times, a patient presents with general de-conditioning that can be helped with the total body stabilization theory behind Pilates. The Pilates exercise method to stretch, strengthen and balance the body has proven to decrease recovery time and allow for good health and stability of the spine.
What is Pilates?
Based on the century-old teachings of Joseph Pilates, this artful discipline can improve your posture and increase flexibility and stamina. Pilates is a core stabilization exercise program. A strong core sets the foundation for the rest of the body to be efficiently and optimally working for work, sport, and life. The Pilates-based exercise emphasizes the mind-body connection by focusing on the whole body beginning with the isolation of the core muscles and working outward. With systematic practice of specific exercises coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself to be an important adjunct to professional physical rehabilitation.
At Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists (PTIS), there is the added benefit of being evaluated by a physical therapist so an individualized program can be made for any level of dysfunction or phase of healing.
Benefits of Pilates Based Treatment
When practiced routinely and correctly, Pilates yields numerous benefits including:
- Improved core strength, posture, and balance
- Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep, core breathing
- Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles
- Coordination – both muscular and mental
- Improved bone density and joint health
- Muscle memory, when proper form and movement become automatic
Who should do Pilates?
The Pilates method is perfect for any client because it is a non-impact, balanced system that works as well for the conditioned athlete as it does for the injured and older population.
Does Insurance Cover Pilates?
When Pilates is performed as part of your physical therapy rehabilitation, it can be billed through most major insurances. Please call Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists (PTIS) to verify if your insurance is accepted. We also offer an affordable self-pay option.