Clinical Pilates

Clinical Pilates, is specific form of pilates carried out by a Physiotherapist experienced in this area. Horizon Pilates practitioners have over 20 years combined experience in Clinical Pilates and movement arts.

Research has shown that in the presence of long term pain the body will adopt compensatory movement strategies to cope. A common example of this is with lower back pain where the body will brace, lock or splint the lower back to ‘over protect’ the injured area. In some cases this ‘over correction’ strategy will stay in place, even after the soft tissue injury has healed. The end result is a chronic ‘mal-adaptive’ response to pain, caused by the ‘over corrective tissue’. Physiotherapists are skilled in the correction of these patterns and Horizon Pilates is an effective way of re-educating these muscles and movements back to a normal pattern.

Clinical Pilates is a highly effective rehabilitation tool, that utilises body weight and graded resistance exercises. It has developed further every year to encompass other movement arts such as – the Franklin Method, Feldenkrais and Chi Gong. At Horizon, we are passionate about our pilates program and enjoy participating in the progression of this fantastic physio based rehab method.

Horizon offers three forms of Functional rehabilitation:

1.     Clinical Pilates – this is best suited for injury management – both acute and chronic. Clients with long standing back and neck issues, knee or shoulder issues. One hour sessions with specific instruction and monitoring.

2.     Progressive Pilates – clients undertaking Clinical Pilates often enjoy the program so much they wish to progress on and develop further strength, flexibility and stability. Our Progressive Pilates is a stepped down fee, and works into more challenging routines.

3.     FLOW – is a movement art. If pilates is to core, then FLOW is to movement. FLOW is exclusive to Horizon, developed by a Kung Fu Master and Physiotherapist, it is the quintessential East meets West exercise routine. Utilising pilates based equipment – FLOW unlocks your movement potential, effortlessly and helps develop a strong centre. Perfect for dancers, martial artists and any athlete looking to fine tune their body awareness and movement.

How to get started

A half hour Assessment will be required to start your program. The physiotherapist will be looking at your posture and movement patterns. You will be assessed on the range of movement of your shoulders, thoracic spine, lumbar spine and hips, as well as the strength of your scapular, gluteal and core muscles. Based on this assessment you will be guided as to whether Clinical or Progressive Pilates would best suit you. Please call 9245 7007 to book your assessment.