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Clinical Pilates – a useful tool for physiotherapists

Article by Hayley Williams | HealthTimes


Pilates is a valuable rehabilitative tool for practitioners and can be instrumental in women’s health, according to Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor Yvonne McKenny.


Many women are introduced to Pilates through pregnancy, either antenatally or postnatally, as a suitable form of exercise due to its focus on strengthening the pelvic floor and deep abdominals.


Pilates is also beneficial in a rehabilitative function for the injured population, and execution matters. Pilates instruction can also be a means of assessment in the quality of a client’s movement, identifying weaknesses or areas lacking mobility and as a measurement of a client’s progression.


If clients are new to Pilates or are returning after injury or pregnancy, one-on-one time is critical to get the foundations of movement correct.



In the management of a patient’s injury, the emphasis invariably shifts from a hands-on approach to a more active phase in physiotherapy, said Ms McKenny.


Injury specific benefits aside, Pilates is ultimately a form of exercise, and for every exercise, there are endless modifications to cater for any number of conditions: post-surgical, weight bearing restrictions, ante and postnatal, sports and spinal injuries.



Clinical Pilates is a service provided at Bankstown Physiotherapy by our women’s health physiotherapist Clare Yoo. Clare often incorporates Pilates into her treatment sessions to improve core and pelvic floor muscle strength. Clare has completed the Post-Graduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy at Melbourne University, as well as the WHTA Level 1 Intensive Women’s Health course.


Call us at 9793 3119 to book an appointment with Clare today!

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