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May 03

Is Pilates the Answer to Help You Recover Faster?

Pilates has exponentially grown in popularity in the past years and continues to be one of the fastest growing exercises in the world, but few are aware of its benefits in injury rehabilitation. 

Reasons for Injury

Muscle imbalance is one of the most common reasons for injury. Pain, soreness, and other physical dysfunctions are rarely isolated problems. Pain in one part of the body is usually due to a functional limitation elsewhere. Your injured knee could be caused by weak hamstring and gluteal muscles or lower back pain could be because of tight hip flexors. Pilates helps correct these imbalances and builds core strength, flexibility and proper alignment.

Pilates-Infused vs Traditional Rehabilitation Exercises

Traditional rehabilitation methods usually work to strengthen isolated muscles involved in the injury, which only addresses the symptoms rather than looking at the injury holistically. Pilates promotes even musculature strength throughout the whole body by focusing on the core and other stabilizing muscles. However, when physical therapy is combined with proper Pilates techniques it activates and strengthens muscles from various angles in many ranges of motion to treat the real problem at hand—helping to reduce the risk of re-injury. 

Beyond rehabilitation, cross-training with Pilates also can help stop injuries before they happen. Building a strong core and increasing flexibility allows you to move more efficiently, adding an extra layer of protection from injury.

Pilates as a New Form of Rehabilitation 

1. Progressive

Rehabilitation through Pilates is a progression; it starts with a focus on strengthening the deep supporting muscles. Once a foundation of strength is built, complex movements are added to integrate the injured area into fully functional and sport-specific movement patterns. 

2. Low Impact 

Pilates is mostly low impact, light resistance and uses mindful movements. It fills the gap between non-weight bearing, open chain exercises and weight bearing exercises. This makes it safer and more effective when rehabilitating an injury. 

3. Not all Pilates is created equal 

While Pilates at a fitness center can be beneficial, the instructors will not be able to give you the most effective movements for your injury and your specific needs, or even worse increase the imbalance that caused the injury in the first place. One of the most beneficial aspects of infusing Pilates in your injury rehabilitation program is the guidance of a trained physical therapist during your sessions. Having a physical therapist guide you through the movements in a one-on-one session can result in a much quicker, safer and more effective recovery as well as allow you to apply this knowledge to your future exercise regimen. 

Because Pilates is such an effective and powerful recovery tool, Viverant has recently introduced eVolution into their injury recovery program. eVolution is based on the simple principle of – focused, core development and maintenance through a therapist-driven Pilates-based strengthening program. 

 

Did you know you can contact Viverant without a doctor referral to schedule an appointment regarding Pilates and other services that may help you?


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