Clinical Pilates

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a unique conditioning program designed to improve strength, flexibility, balance and core stability.

Where did Pilates originate from?

Pilates is named after Joseph Pilates, who began to develop the program while working as a nurse rehabilitating WWI patients.  He later set up his first Pilates studio in New York in 1926 and the method has been gaining popularity ever since.

How was Clinical Pilates developed?

Clinical Pilates was developed by physiotherapists based on the original work of Joseph Pilates.  Modifications were made based on current knowledge of the mechanics of back pain and rehabilitation from injury.

The technique involves a series of exercises utilising spring-loaded equipment and floor exercises rather than weights.  The advantage is that all major muscle groups can be worked in patterns that are “functional” using the entire body more efficiently.

Core stabilisation and muscle efficiency are the key factors addressed by the Clinical Pilates program.  Each exercise is designed to stabilise the core muscles and develop two main control centers; the deep abdominals and the back muscles.

Will Clinical Pilates help my back pain?

At Progress Physio we use Pilates to help manage and treat back pain and maintain it for the long term. Research has shown that by improving your motor control, back pain can be significantly decreased.

Bystrom, M. G., Rasmussen-Barr, E., & Grooten, W. J. (2013). Motor control exercises reduces pain and disability in chronic and recurrent low back pain: a meta-analysis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 38(6), E350-358. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31828435fb

How is Clinical Pilates used in Rehabilitation?

Clinical Pilates can be used to:

  • Strengthen lower limb weakness following injury or surgery
  • Strengthen shoulder and upper body strength following injury or surgery


Can you do Pilates while you are pregnant?

Pregnant women use Pilates to strengthen the pelvic floor, abdominal and back muscles which is vital both during and after pregnancy.

The low-impact, guided exercises are a safe and beneficial way to stay fit and healthy during and after pregnancy.

It is also ideal for those women who have a history of back and neck pain, as pregnancy can often flare up these conditions.

What are the benefits of Clinical Pilates?

  • Improved posture and flexibility
  • Better trunk stabilisation
  • Greater resistance to injury
  • Rehabilitation and injury management
  • Management of low back pain
  • Overall body strength and toning
  • Improved breathing control
  • Improved Pelvic Floor strength
  • Safe and effective form of exercise during pregnancy


What should I expect from Pilates?

Clients learn the Clinical Pilates program under close supervision by physiotherapists.  This ensures that posture and control of trunk stability is practiced effectively while simultaneously working other parts of the body.

At the initial appointment, Real-Time Ultrasound assessment will be used to assess and train pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles.  After this, a Pilates program will be individually tailored to your needs.

You will begin with simple movements and gradually progress to more advanced and challenging exercises.  Individual progress in Clinical Pilates is non-competitive and is totally dependent on one’s capabilities and goals.

Whatever your age or level of fitness, the Clinical Pilates program will be individualised to suit your needs and budget with One-on-one or group sessions available.

Contact Us to find out more and book your first session.