How Physical Therapy Patients Can Benefit from Pilates

Developed several decades ago by fitness guru, Joseph Hubertus Pilates, Pilates has taken the physical fitness world by storm. Aimed at strengthening the body’s core, Pilates is now an exercise that is used worldwide in a variety of establishments, from dance studio and athletic complexes to local gyms and community centers.

More recently, Pilates has become an intricate part of physical therapy. The Pilates treatment program here at RPI is centered around biomechanic and kinesthetic methodologies aimed at improving the recovery for injured patients. Rehab Pilates has been known to be a vital part of the development of the following areas:

  • core stability
  • functional strength
  • coordination
  • flexibility
  • balance
  • breathing
  • range of motion
  • circulation
  • posture
  • abdominal strength

In addition Pilates can also help to decrease neck and back pain, improve symptoms of urinary incontinence, and strengthen back and pelvic muscles. Apart from its role in physical improvement, Pilates is also considered to have a tremendous effect on one’s mental state.

Pilates exercises stimulate the brain by heightening mental awareness, improving the ability to focus, and helping to release any mental stress or tension. This exercise’s profound effect on the mental state of its participants is largely due to the fact that Pilates requires a substantial amount of control, concentration, and perseverance. In addition, it involves controlled physical movements, focused breathing, and thorough stretching.

Although Pilates was originally designed with the average athlete in mind, it can benefit a wide range of people. From a star NFL player to a stay-at-home mom, Pilates and the variation of movements that is entails, is the perfect solution for just about anyone. However, people who have been known to benefit most from Pilates have experienced the following conditions:

    • back/neck pain
    • ladder issues
    • poor circulation
    • workstation posture
    • obesity

RPI offers one of the best Pilates programs in the St. Louis area. Overseen by our very own certified Pilates instructors, our program is geared towards the speedy yet methodical healing of even the toughest conditions and injuries. Along with individualized treatment programs, we also offer Pilates classes run by certified trainers. For more information on our Pilates treatment plans and classes or if you are looking for a physical therapist in St. Louis, contact either of our locations by clicking here.