Pilates in Physical Therapy

Integrated PT and Pilates for core strength and flexibility

We specialize in Pilates rehab for physical therapy patients on the reformer, cadillac, chair and barrels.

We offer a unique combination of one-on-one manual therapy (hands on) treatments with integrated Pilates for core strength performed by experienced and skilled outpatient therapists.

The Pilates equipment delivers low-load, non-impact exercise that uses a coil and pulley system to assist in exercise that won’t over-strain the muscles and joints.

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Our clinic utilizes the Pilates Cadillac, Reformer, Chair, and Spine Corrector Barrels to assist you with your therapy.

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What makes Pilates for rehab such a natural fit with physical therapy?

Simple, it starts with pelvic and spinal stabilization that extends from the core to your extremities.

Pilates uses patterns of movements that utilize neuromuscular training of the mind and body to restore and normalize your physical and functional activity. It is designed to mimic the natural movements of the joints and muscles.

Pilates improves strength, flexibility, posture, and muscular endurance. It corrects and reduces substitution of muscles and compensatory movement patterns that feed into poor alignment and overuse that leads to muscle and joint imbalances, pain, injury, weakness, and loss of motion.

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Pilates uses the core concept of centering from your powerhouse or engaging from your deep core muscles. In PT we call this concept Intra-Abdominal Pressure (IAP), which really means being able to engage the deepest muscles of your torso to help reduce compression and pressure on the structures of the spine, rib cage, muscles, and joints.

By properly engaging your core muscles, you can create space in the spine and the structures surrounding it to help decrease pain, inflammation, weakness, and injury.

Think of your body’s core like the core of an apple, or the piston on a car. It has a top, bottom, front and back.

The Transversus Abdominis is the front of the core as the deepest abdominal muscle running horizontally along the front of the organs. Proper engagement from the Transversus Abdominis helps to draw the organs and spine in and up to create space in those structures to decrease compression.

The Lumbar Multifidus is a series of small, deep muscles running up along the sides of the spinal column playing an important role in static and dynamic segmental stabilization of the vertebrae of the spine.

The pelvic floor and hip muscles act as a sling of muscles that lift and support the internal organs from the bottom reducing pressure and stabilizing the trunk with movements of the arms and legs and the diaphragm at the top of the abdominal cavity functioning to provide core stability with bracing. Without proper breath at the top of the “piston” the body relies on peripheral trunk muscles to help with stabilization which reduces spinal stability.