One of the key components to injury prevention at Physiologix is Pilates. Pilates was initially developed by German, Joseph Pilates, during the First World War, to rehabilitate injured soldiers. It then became popular with dancers and performers as a way to stretch and strengthen the body, through a gentle but effective workout. Pilates has continued to become increasingly popular, due to its focus on posture and good alignment. Physiotherapists now widely use Pilates as an enjoyable and extremely effective way to prevent, and rehabilitate from injury.
Key to Pilates is core stability. The core is essential to ensuring a strong and stable body. The core is the trunk and pelvis. There are deep muscles that should preset before you move to keep the spine and pelvis stable. Injury, pain and prolonged periods of rest or sitting can result in dysfunction in these muscles.
The deep muscles work at very low levels of effort but they stay on continuously while you are moving. The transversus abdominus is like our natural corset, wrapping around our trunk. It works like the walls of a cylinder. Below we have the pelvic floor, supporting the trunk and holding the pelvis together internally. At the back we have the multifidus, a small muscle that sits between the spine: this will often work with the transversus. Above forming the roof of the cylinder is the diaphragm. Breathing is essential to allow the trunk to move and not become too rigid. Breath holding causes over contraction of the abdominal muscles and can put strain on the back and pelvis. It is the coordinated effort of all these deep muscles, working together, to provide stability to the trunk, back and pelvis. This forms one of the key components of Pilates. Our physio’s will ensure you are able to activate these muscles correctly using ultrasound imaging to assess and train you to work the muscles. This is essential if you are to gain the full benefit of Pilates.
At Physiologix we offer Pilates classes or one to one sessions. These are supervised by a higher qualified and experienced physiotherapist and use specialised equipment and exercises to ensure recovery and strengthening of muscles essential to having a stable, strong body. To find out more about our Pilates, check out the Pilates page on our website at physiologix.com.au, call us on (07) 3511 1112 or email us from the Contact Us Page.