Pilates Based Exercise
Pilates was originally created by German-born Joseph Hubertus Pilates in the early 20th century as a means to help rehabilitate wounded soldiers who were not allowed to get out of their hospital beds during World War I. Joseph Pilates studied yoga, meditation, boxing and gymnastics, and was interned in England with other German citizens after the outbreak of WWI. He began working in hospitals with wounded soldiers and other detainees, and developed the Pilates method of exercise to assist with rehabilitation of wounded soldiers. After the war ended, Joseph Pilates emigrated to New York, and set up “Joe’s Place”, where he continued to develop and teach Pilates.
Since then, Pilates has evolved to be used as a safe and effective exercise tool in physical therapy to relieve pain, and increase strength, stability, balance and flexibility. Pilates is also highly effective for improving tolerance to movement, and increasing body awareness and posture.
At Mobility Project Physical Therapy, physical therapists use both mat and Reformer Pilates to improve muscle performance, motor control, and reinforce postural alignment. By focusing on strengthening the core and the small stabilizing muscles, Pilates is able to amplify your center of balance and promote dynamic stability of the entire body.
How is Pilates Used in Physical Therapy?
Pilates-based exercise is effective for a large number of neurological and orthopedic issues. Some of the most common conditions treated with Pilates include:
- Back Pain
- Hip Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Knee Pain
- Neck Pain
- Muscular Weakness
- Post Surgical Rehab
- Joint Replacement
- Balance issues
- Multiple sclerosis
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
At Mobility Project Physical Therapy, our aim is to help your reach your full potential of physical function, no matter what your condition may be.
For more information on how Pilates can enhance your physical therapy treatment plan, contact Mobility Project Physical Therapy in Eugene, OR today at 541-255-2095 to schedule an initial consultation with one of our highly trained physical therapists, and discover the many ways in which Pilates-based exercise can benefit you!