Pilates is an exercise technique that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve muscle balance, flexibility and overall central core stability and posture. Pilates is suitable for acute and chronic conditions.

A stable core provides the foundation for all day to day activity. Pilates focuses on stability in the lower back and pelvic region, neck, upper back and shoulder blade region. Additionally it strengthens the muscles of your pelvic floor region.

Common complaints that Pilates can help alleviate include

  • Groin pain
  • Hamstring tightness
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction i.e. stress incontinence/pelvic pain
  • Post pregnancy muscle weakness
  • Previous abdominal surgery
  • Shoulder and neck pain

Research has shown that when we have back pain/leg pain and neck/shoulder blade pain the muscles around these areas switch off during daily activities and this breaks down the stabilising ability of the muscle system. When the pain resolves the muscles do not automatically switch on again leading to ongoing poor function and potential for recurrence of pain.

Pilates is effective in retraining and switching on these muscles, correcting movement patterns and helps prevent recurrence and long term disability. Pilates can be the key to helping you prevent and overcome injuries as well as maximising performance in sport and more demanding day to day activities.

Pilates and core stability exercises are taught on a one to one basis or as part of your Physiotherapy treatment sessions. You can also supplement your rehabilitation in the Pilates Classes in order to master the exercises or simply join our classes for your ongoing treatment after attending another Physiotherapist or Health Professional. Or why not join a class as part of your fitness programme?