City Osteopaths has a new service to offer our clients. Jennifer is now trained in clinical matwork Pilates with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) and will be advancing this qualification over the next six months. Exercise is one of the most effective treatments for muscle and joint aches and pains and can also help prevent injuries. Of all the different exercise approaches that have been studied, Pilates is consistently is shown to be one of most beneficial. Pilates focuses on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength. It involves performing a series of exercises, usually in a specific order. It was originally developed for ballet dancers by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. There are now several types of Pilates available based on slight modifications to the original method.
Clinical Pilates is a modification of classical Pilates, it was modified because Pilates was originally designed for very fit and healthy people. Consequently, some of the exercises were not suitable for people with health problems or those recovering from an injury. Over many years, the APPI have modified all the classical Pilates exercises, breaking them down into several stages to ensure they are accessible to all. Clinical Pilates is only taught by registered healthcare professionals, this ensures that your health issues or injuries are fully understood, and the exercises are specifically selected for you and your problem. It also means that when difficulties arise, such as pain with a particular exercise, clinical knowledge can be applied to modify the exercise so the programme can progress, rather than having to avoid the exercise completely. Clinical knowledge of the body tissues and how they work, enables the selection of exercises to be tailored to your specific goals, whether that’s running a marathon or being able to do the housework without pain.
At City Osteopaths, we feel that one to one sessions are the key to exercise being specific to you, in contrast to group sessions where the exercises need to suit everyone. Before starting a Pilates programme, an initial consultation appointment is required. This will include a medical assessment to ensure that the exercises are appropriate and safe for you. A physical assessment will determine the level of exercise we can begin with, this will depend on your general health and fitness, and whether you have any injuries. At this appointment, we will also practise your first set of Pilates exercises. At each subsequent session, we will guide you through your programme so that any necessary adjustments can be made to ensure you are performing the exercises correctly and safely, and that they are at the correct level for you. You will also be advised on a selection of exercises to perform at home, with written or video explanations provided to support you.