Pilates has developed as a system to primarily activate and strengthen the core muscles of the body. These core muscles are a group of postural muscles which effectively act as a natural back brace during movements and day to day activities. The core muscles are commonly weakened as a result of injury or postural problems leading to instability of the spine and pelvis, a common underlying factor in low back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions or injuries.
Clinical Pilates is becoming more popular amongst both sporting and performing arts communities to assist in rehabilitation as well as improving fitness and performance. Elite sporting teams regularly include training in the programs, recognising the importance of a strong core to the body’s optimum function.
Practitioners at Queenstown Health have training in pilates and have specialised equipment in the clinic gym for pilates training. Pilates techniques can be integrated into your rehabilitation as part of ACC treatments.