What is Clinical Pilates?

Pilates is a popular program designed to strengthen your core stability, flexibility, body control, and breathing. Clinical Pilates offers something more. How does it differ from regular Pilates?

Below is a detailed explanation on what Pilates is and the difference between the two options.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a conditioning exercise routine created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. The exercise had some similarities to yoga, but was more focused on the strengthening of muscles and physical body, rather than on inner health. Both exercises aim to strengthen and tone the body but Pilates has a strong focus on your core.

What are the differences between regular and clinical Pilates?

There are a number of important differences between regular and clinical Pilates.

Regular Pilates are usually classes held at a gym or centre and hosted by a Pilates instructor, who may or may not have certified experience. Clinical Pilates, on the other hand, is prescribed and supervised by a trained physiotherapist or exercise physiologist. What this means is that the instructor has a more holistic knowledge, covering everything from pathology and movement patterns to rehabilitation for injuries. This allows them to tailor the program to suit your injuries and help strengthen your core and muscles without harm.

Clinical Pilates is also often one on one or in a small group, while regular Pilates could be in a group of any size. The individual attention is important for those who may have suffered from injury or ailment, or for those who are more at risk of pain and injury.

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Typically, regular Pilates is a cheaper, more social option. If you simply want to try a new way to improve fitness, it could be a good option for you.

Can injured patients just take regular Pilates classes instead?

It is important to have a qualified physiotherapist or exercise physiologist recommend the right exercise to a patient. Unlike regular instructors, a trained instructor has more knowledge on the natural movement of the human body. This allows them to know which exercises can help recovery from injuries, as well as avoid exercises which could worsen the condition.

Basically, both are aimed at improving your body but each has its own benefits.

Physio on Brunswick is able to offer both regular and clinical Pilates to Brisbane residents at our New Farm branch. For more information, contact one of our team today.

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