Clinical Pilates is an exercise that strengthens your muscles while aligning your posture and improving your flexibility. Pilates exercises target your core muscles, which encompass your deep abdominal muscles, as well as the muscles that support your spine. A benefit of Pilates is that while it emphasizes core strength, it also works your entire body. Each session emphasizes proper breathing and correct alignment of your spine and pelvis through flowing movements, with the ultimate goal of strengthening your muscles for better flexibility, joint mobility, and range of motion.
A Clinical Pilates session includes exercises that can work one or several muscle groups at once. Many of the exercises are performed in sitting or reclining positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. The movements are controlled, smooth, and continuous. In addition to strengthening, Pilates exercises help you develop proper patterns of movement that can help with recovery from injuries, enhance sports performance, and promote good posture.
Muscular injuries and postural imbalances can come from a variety of events, such as trauma, sports injuries, muscle strength discrepancies, surgery, and illness. In order to restore function and maintain your health, these musculoskeletal issues need to be resolved. At BodaHealth, our therapeutic exercise therapists work with you to address these conditions and imbalances. It’s our philosophy that if you only improve the symptoms, but don’t correct the underlying imbalance, over time those symptoms will return.
At BodaHealth, therapeutic exercise sessions are performed one on one, with exercises that are prescribed for you to do both in the treatment session and at home. At your first session, much like a physiotherapy session, your therapist will take a history of your overall health and current symptoms. They will also perform functional assessments to evaluate your specific needs. Your therapist will then work with you to develop a treatment program of exercises and movements that are designed to address your condition and promote healing. As you progress, your treatment exercises will change or become more challenging to help you heal and gain strength, with the ultimate goal of this type of physical therapy being to fully restoring movement, function, and flexibility.
How Therapeutic Exercise & Clinical Pilates Helps You
Both therapeutic exercise and clinical Pilates are directed to help you restore musculoskeletal function through individualized sessions. Our therapists in Vancouver take into account your unique needs and develop a strategy best suited to those needs. At BodaHealth, in offering therapeutic exercise and clinical Pilates to our patients, we work to:
- Alleviate any pain you may be having
- Enhance your posture
- Improve both your balance and related muscle coordination
- Release tight muscles, tendons, and fascia
- Improve range of motion in injured joints or muscles
- Enhance your circulation to support healing
- Work to increase your respiratory capacity
- Improve your muscle strength
- Correct any imbalances you may have between muscle groups
- Enhance your exercise performance and functional endurance
Therapeutic exercise and clinical Pilates are appropriate for a wide range of situations, including injury rehab, fall prevention, correcting muscle imbalances, and overuse conditions. In addition, exercise therapy can be combined with other types of treatments, such as acupuncture, osteopathy, massage therapy, or naturopathy. At BodaHealth, our exercise therapists are committed to helping you return to your fully functioning and pain free self.