4 ways Clinical Pilates keeps you moving against the odds

Jodie Knowles Physiotherapist at Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital More by this author
Monday 17 October 2016
Pilates has become a major wellbeing trend in recent years, but its benefits aren’t just for fitness buffs. Here’s how Clinical Pilates can work for those living with injury and a range of health conditions.

Living with a condition or injury can prevent you from joining in the activities that others take for granted. But Clinical Pilates can work for almost anyone, here’s how:

Clinical Pilates is tailored to the individual

Regular Pilates is great if your abilities more or less match those of others in the group, but Clinical Pilates tailors the experience to each individual.

The instructor (a qualified physiotherapist) will get to know more about your medical history and any existing conditions by carrying out a one-to-one assessment prior to starting classes. This helps the instructor to shape your routine and progression to your unique circumstances, so you get the most out of the class.

Class sizes are small

Clinical Pilates is all about the individual, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun of joining others in group exercise. Clinical Pilates instructors keep class sizes to a minimum (usually no more than eight participants) so you get plenty of attention from the instructor as well as the social and motivational benefits of group exercise.

It helps to prevent injury

Clinical Pilates is great for injury prevention, especially in high-impact sports. The idea is to heighten your awareness of your own body - promoting strength and flexibility while avoiding excess strain on joints.

It helps with recovery

As physiotherapists, Clinical Pilates instructors are experts in recovery and pain management. Pilates is a complimentary exercise to your recovery programme, and exercises can be modified to suit your personal circumstances so you don’t need to worry that you’ll aggravate your injury by taking part. In fact it’s a great exercise for people with recurrent injuries or niggles.

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