Pilates: Clinical vs Regular

Pilates has maintained its popularity in the world of exercise for its ability to lengthen and strengthen all of the body’s major muscle groups, as well as improving flexibility, balance and body awareness. However, there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the different types; namely Clinical Pilates and regular Pilates.

What is the difference?

Both types of Pilates have their roots in the theories and practices as developed by Joseph Pilates, and are both beneficial methods for improving strength and flexibility, as well as improving awareness of the body. However, regular Pilates only tends to offer a generalized program of movements and exercises, failing to recognize the specific needs or restrictions in ability of each individual. This is fine for those who are free from pain, dysfunction or restriction, but for others it would be wise to be cautious when choosing the best form of Pilates for you – there is the potential for your situation to become worse through improper exercises.

Clinical Pilates, on the other hand, places the focus on rehabilitation and injury prevention, taking into account the individual’s needs based on their history, injuries, pathologies and specific physiological requirements. A Clinical Pilates trainer will also have much more extensive knowledge, understanding and training, enabling them to prescribe the most beneficial Pilates exercises, and adjust movements as necessary for each individual. A program prescribed by a Clinical Pilates trainer will also be tailored based on a thorough clinical assessment, ensuring that the movement patterns are beneficial rather than potentially detrimental.

Further to the above, Clinical Pilates also has a focus on the pathways of the brain. This ensures that the correct muscles are being used, rather than having movements carried out with the use of other muscle groups in compensation.

At Hoppers Physio, our physiotherapists are thoroughly trained in the discipline of Clinical Pilates. We are equipped with Pilates-specific reformers, trapeze and other-related equipment to assist in the treatment of your individual situation. Your Hoppers physio with provide a thorough assessment prior to commencing your personally prescribed Pilates program. This assessment will include a Real-Time Ultrasound (RTUS) assessment that will enable your physio to assess your muscles and ensure the most appropriate contraction techniques are used.

If you have been wondering about how Pilates might help to improve your situation, contact our friendly Hoppers Crossing clinic and find out today! Call Hoppers Physio on (03) 9749 5110 for your assessment with one of our experienced physiotherapists, and start regaining your health and fitness.