Pilates for Rehab

The unique combination of physical therapy and Pilates has created a new and effective way to treat patients. Pilates strengthens the core muscles (posture muscles) which can decrease mid or low back pain, headaches, knee or hip pain, and shoulder pain, to name just a few. Pilates can also help improve flexibility in soft tissue as well as improve posture, joint mobility and balance. It is a gentle form of exercise/rehab that can be performed safely by a wide range of ages and ability levels.

For low back dysfunction or pain, the emphasis is on the transversus abdominus, multifidus, abdominal obliques, and pelvic floor muscles. These are the deep muscles that surround your pelvis and core creating a “girdle” of support. Pilates lower back exercises can benefit post-natal women and patients with chronic lower back pain and postural dysfunctions. For upper back and neck pain, the emphasis is on making sure the parascapular muscles fire in the appropriate pattern, connecting the scapula to the thoracic wall, building a good foundation for the cervical spine. This will help rehabilitate a shoulder dysfunction as well. Proper scapulo-humeral rhythm is essential for pain-free shoulder motion. For lower extremity issues and balance disorders, the emphasis switches to balance and proprioceptive training in the ankle, knee and hip joints, and appropriate recruitment of the stabilizing muscles surrounding all joints. Emphasis on hip strength in the frontal plane helps rehabilitate ankle and knee injuries as well.

Pilates is an excellent tool for both physical therapy and continued wellness. That is why all of our therapists have experience with Pilates and all of our instructors are also physical therapists at Blue Sky Physical Therapy. The instructors at Blue Sky understand the precautions and contraindications of musculoskeletal issues, and tailor the therapy appropriately for each patient.

To learn more about pilates for rehab at Blue Sky, visit Blue Sky Pilates+ Wellness or You can Contact Us Today at Denver, CO Center.