Pilates is a type of exercise designed to enhance strength, flexibility, balance, posture, and coordination. It is suitable for a wide range of people regardless of age, experience or condition.
How is Clinical Pilates different than Fitness Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is instructed by a physical therapist that is also a Certified Pilates instructor. The physical therapist first performs an initial evaluation, then specifically chooses Pilates exercises designed around your injuries and specific physical needs. Each session is unique and is modified based your functional goals and response to treatment.
Fitness Pilates is instructed by a Certified Pilates instructor, that is not necessarily a physical therapist. Therefore, they do not have the knowledge base to safely work with individuals with injuries or other physical limitations.
How can Clinical Pilates be used in my treatment?
Clinical Pilates can be used by itself or in conjunction with regular physical therapy treatment to help heal your injury or problem. The exercises can target the root cause of your pain and speed up your recovery. Clinical Pilates adds that additional element of clinical knowledge to all the Pilates exercises which provides the difference between a routine that works and one that doesn’t.
For example, a client may come to us to work on core stability to reduce their low back pain. Upon examination, we realize that their low back pain is due to a compensatory walking gait caused by a hip injury years prior. The specific choice of Pilates exercise to manage the low back pain and core weakness while also treating the hip problem is the difference between treating the body as a whole or aggravating the condition.
What is a reformer and how is it used?
From a learning and strength training perspective, the Pilates reformer is a great piece of equipment for improving core stability and strength. The reformer was designed to mimic the way the body and brain learn new tasks, exercises, and movements and therefore is an excellent way to supplement any exercise program.
What are the benefits of Clinical Pilates?
Clinical Pilates offers:
- improved postural control and alignment
- improved sports performance
- enhanced balance and proprioceptive awareness
- injury prevention
- correction of tight or weak muscles
- non-impact, safe exercise
- stress relief
Is Clinical Pilates a good type of exercise during and after pregnancy?
Pilates strengthens your stomach, back and pelvic floor muscles without straining other joints, so it is a perfect, low-impact workout to do when you’re pregnant and after delivery. The main benefit is that Pilates provides a safe way to target the exact muscles and functions that can be a problem during pregnancy and post-partum.
Medical Exercise Personal Training
Medical Exercise Trainers® bridge the gap between physical therapy and personal fitness trainers through exercise and lifestyle programming for individuals who have sub-acute to chronic medical conditions. We collaborate with your providers to ensure your exercise routine compliments your functional needs and fitness goals.
What sets Medical Exercise Trainers® apart from personal trainers is the knowledge, training, and scope to work with individuals who have conditions to promote the continuum of health. Medical Exercise Trainers receive advanced, specialized training to work with clients of all levels, injuries and conditions. The training is different than that of regular personal trainers. After completion of the Medical Exercise Training Institute education program and certification exam, each trainer undergoes a rigorous 500 Hour (hands-on evaluation and clinical observation) program and final practical exam. This is unlike other personal training programs that simply require an online certification without personalized mentorship.
With Medical Exercise Trainers®, each client receives a one-hour physical assessment to determine their baseline fitness level. Individualized goals are set and re-assessed every 8 visits or 30 days to monitor progress and initiate new goals that are both challenging and functional.
The Assessment (one hour)
The comprehensive assessment covers the following:
- Health History and Lifestyle Survey
- Range of Motion and Muscle Testing
- Postural Screen
- Exercise Form Screen for push-pull-lift-press-lunge
- Cardiovascular test
- Goal Setting
Sessions (30 or 60 minutes)
Sessions include: Each session is unique and tailored to your specific goals
- Individualized Strength training program (special attention is given to form, proper muscle recruitment and appropriate cuing for enhanced muscle activation).
- Stretching (independent and manual stretching to assist in post workout recovery)