Pilates: Innovation in physical therapy


What is Pilates?

Joseph Pilates had believed that a person’s mental health was intrinsically connected with his physical condition. He incorporated the Greco Roman styles of wrestling, gymnastics and boxing into the form of physical therapy, which we now know as Pilates to counter the effects of rickets and asthma in children. Beginning from learning to control the breath to developing muscular flexibility, the inventor believed that his creation would ultimately inch towards the creation of an acute awareness of the mind and body.

Methods of Pilates Physical Therapy
Pilates Physical Therapy follows a guided approach to increasing the core strength of your body in a sustained manner so that your overall wellness and fitness quotient can be improved by leaps and bounds. The exercises, which are associated with this revolutionary form of physical therapy, can be done either on the specialized equipment such as the Cadillac, the Reformer or even on the Wunda Chair. Though the complex mechanism of springs, pulleys, straps and handles might seem confusing at first as it caters to your individual needs by either demonstrating support or resistance, as you get accustomed to the apparatus, you would find the state of your mind and body benefiting from the thorough therapeutic effect of Pilates Physical Therapy.

Benefits of Pilates Physical Therapy
The beneficial effects of Pilates as a form of physical therapy are multi faceted. It has been found that the slightest of imbalances in flexibility and strength have the power to reduce an average person’s capacity of performing his daily activities. In such instances, the exercises help to improve the spinal stability that strengthens the arms and legs, the body’s coordination, balance and agility while correcting the bad postural habits and practices, which can probably result in further injury. As your mind becomes increasingly aware of the functioning of your body, efficiency in carrying out the daily movements with a stress free mindset is only a step away. Athletes and dancers often depend on Pilates as a complement to their professional training wherein they eliminate their risk of injuries by steadily increasing their flexibility without putting undue pressure on their joints.

Pilates is one of the most versatile modes of exercises under the umbrella of physical therapy. Everyone who uses Pilates can expect to receive benefits from it irrespective of his age and whether they are a novice, a child interested in improving their posture, an adult willing to build their core strength or a trained athlete or celebrated dancer wishing to develop flexibility. If are an aspiring fitness enthusiast who wishes to get out of your safe shell and stretch and challenge your body to its limits, Pilates is an effective form of exercise. However, Pilates as a form of physical therapy can also be beneficial to those who are just recovering from an orthopedic surgery or injury as it heightens the circulatory and respiratory processes of the body, which not only maintains your spinal health and alleviates the symptoms of back pain but also reduces the soreness of the tendons and the muscles.

Pilates Physical Therapy at Bright STAR
If you are in the San Fernando Valley and want to give Pilates a try, you can always get in touch with BrightSTAR Physical Therapy for you and or your child’s one stop solution for recovery and Pilates physical therapy. We have 2 locations to choose from in Woodland HIlls & Valley Village (North Hollywood).  We are conveniently located near the 101 & 170 freeways, respectively, and have patients visit from all over the valley — not just Woodland Hills & Valley Village — including Van Nuys, Studio City, Encino, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Canoga Park & Calabasas. You can contact us at 818-343-3900.

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