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What is clinical Pilates and what is it not?

Clinical Pilates is a variation on traditional Pilates that takes the knowledge and skills of physiotherapists and exercise physiologists in the human body and injury management and uses the Pilates exercises and equipment in ways that are most beneficial from an injury, exercise science and performance perspective.

The real strength of the Clinical Pilates process is that it is not a strict interpretation of traditional Pilates exercises, but the basis is the knowledge of the body and injury management.  The exercises selected for a client are very specific to their needs and goals and subsequently, the effect on the body’s structures.  This really means that Pilates is made to fit around the person, not the person to fit around Pilates.  The result is that anyone, no matter their age, injuries, fitness or strength, can benefit from Clinical Pilates and achieve their goals.

In Clinical Pilates, you most likely will not perform some of the fancy, difficult moves seen in some programs such as hanging from the trapeze table or a lot of the v-shaped holding exercises, but that’s okay because these exercises rarely suit a lot of people.  What you will see is targeted, specific exercises, designed and instructed for a purpose to achieve the client’s specific goals.

Article written by Michael Dermansky – Senior Physiotherapist.

Email: michael.dermansky@mdhealth.com.au

To book your FREE full body assessment, call us now on 03 9857 0644. We are located in East Kew and parking is easy. Open Mondays to Thursdays from 7am-9pm; Fridays & Saturdays from 7am – 2pm.

How do I know if I am exercising correctly?

There are a few things you can do to make sure that you’re doing exercises correctly.

Firstly, make sure that you know what muscle groups you want to work during an exercise.  All exercises have to have a purpose to be effective and specific to your needs.  For example, if you want to work on your knee control, it is important that you work on your quadriceps, in particular the inside muscle of the quadriceps (the VMO muscle), the major stabilisers of the knee cap.  Do your research or ask a professional such as a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist to ensure that you work on the correct muscle groups.

Secondly, learn what a normal muscle “working” sensation feels like and what is pain.  When a muscle is working, you should feel a slight “burning” sensation in the muscle you are targeting, which disappears when you stop the exercise.  You should not feel a “pain” sensation in tendons of the muscles, in the joint or in different muscles that you are targeting.  In addition, the next day or two, a normal sensation can be a soreness or bruised-like sensation.  This is called DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness), and is part of the normal muscle growth process after exercise.  It should not be painful in the area or the joint the day or two after exercise.

Thirdly, technique is also very important.  The way you do an exercise can make the difference between a great day exercise and an ineffective exercise.

To address all these three issues, ask a professional physiotherapist or exercise physiologist to design and supervise your program, at least at the start to ensure you are getting exactly what you want from your program with correct form, technique and purpose.

Written by: Michael Dermansky – Senior Physiotherapist

email: michael.dermansky@mdhealth.com.au

To book for a FREE full body assessment, call us now on 03 9857 0644. We are located at 737 High Street, East Kew. Parking is easy! We are open from Mondays to Thursdays from 7am to 9pm and Fridays & Saturdays from 7am to 2pm.

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