The importance of learning Pilates from a Physiotherapist
If you have mechanical back pain you should benefit from the principles and movements of Pilates. However, if the purpose of the exercises is not adequately explained and your technique is not checked then you could be doing the movements wrong. This could then actually make the pain worse.
A well structured class should always have 12 or less people attending and everyone should complete an assessment from prior to joining the class. How can a class with over 12 people who the instructor does not know, suffering with varying injuries be considered safe for the remedial population, i.e. for someone hoping to improve a condition by attending a class?
Have you ever been in a situation in a class whereby you have felt that an exercise does not make sense or that it hurts? You may be unsure of the purpose of the exercise and whether you are doing the movement properly. How should you be expected to know if the move should hurt your back? You rely on quality instruction, and you need the instructor to be aware of your problems, especially if these are the problems that you are trying to rehabilitate.
Physiotherapist’s receive advanced education in anatomy and exercise prescription throughout their degree programme and after graduation with ongoing continuing professional development. A physiotherapist will understand the nature of the injury or problem you are presenting with. They will therefore be able to modify the exercises to ensure they are appropriate and the most effective for your needs. Being an allied health professional they will have contacts with local GPs, specialists, nurses and osteopaths you will receive a multi-disciplinary approach to care if necessary. Should further investigations be required or should you need a referral for additional treatment your physiotherapist (taking your Pilates class) will recognise this and can act on it directly. If you have undergone surgery and we need to know the details of the surgical procedure then in our capacity as a Physiotherapist we can enquire more. A Pilates instructor simply would not be taken seriously.
Mechanical pain is common and needs Physiotherapy intervention to correct the muscle imbalances that may be presenting. Pilates is a method that Physiotherapists can use to correct these imbalances. Within a private setting it is also an affordable means to receiving ongoing Physiotherapy advice and rehabilitation under the guidance of an expert. Pilates instructors may be able to teach Pilates but are they qualified to give rehabilitation to someone who has an injury or medical diagnosis? We would suggest not. Physiotherapists can give full rehabilitation and can be taught to teach Pilates. Prescribed Pilates is KTB’s way of teaching and all physiotherapists working at KTB are taught this method of Pilates teaching. The sessions are planned utilising clinical reasoning and Pilates experience so that clients get a balance of strength and flexibility exercises which complement the class of the week before and the forthcoming week. Each exercise will be put into a class for a desired outcome and the Physiotherapists will know other exercises that achieve the same outcome. They therefore can give alternatives within the class if necessary without causing a disturbance or any embarrassment. Physiotherapists can use exercises from their repertoire of Pilates movements but also from their never ending database of Physiotherapy exercises learnt throughout their career.