The Use Of Pilates For Physical Therapy, Not Just Fitness.

Aerobics pilates instructor woman in cadillacOver the past few years, Pilates has grown in popularity as more people are gaining awareness of its rehabilitative effects. Doctors and physical therapists are recommending Pilates to clients with foot, knee, shoulder, neck, back pain and more. In fact, physical therapists are utilizing Pilates equipment and exercises into their practice and many are also trained as Pilates instructors.

The relationship between Pilates and physical therapy has become a topic of great interest. This is not to say that the two are one and the same thing or that they are interchangeable but that they are mutually beneficial for clients, therapists and even instructors.

To get a clear understanding of the different roles of physical therapists and Pilates instructors, it is important to outline how the two differently approach rehabilitation. Note that Pilates is a method of fitness that can also be used for physical therapy to maximize benefits to the body and also reduce healing time.

An important distinction between traditional physical therapy and Pilates is that traditional medical professionals are going to address pain and pathologies. On the other hand a Pilates teacher is not looking at pathology. A Pilates teacher is keener on overall alignment, mobility and articulation, control as well as balance and fluidity.

Pilates based physical therapy (PBPT) is an approach to healing grounded in the moving body. Assessment and treatment is meant for the whole body and not just an injury or symptom. This is made possible through Pilates exercises and traditional physical therapy methods.

PBPT encourages one to take an active role in recovery. It often involves learning and engaging in new ways of moving, listening and taking care of yourself. By learning how to listen to your body, you can also avoid future injuries. Therefore, it provides post-rehabilitations or wellness education. However, it has its roots in rehabilitation. In fact, plenty of physical therapists are utilizing Pilates and incorporate its holistic philosophy into their practice.

Sometimes, there are certain structural problems that need surgery, manipulation or some kind of structural fix. Therefore, Pilates and physical therapy can be viewed in terms of a healing strategy that begins with overall movement patterns and compensations, which is the basis of Pilates. If that doesn’t work, clearly there is a structural issue and the client needs to move into physical therapy. After physical therapy, Pilates can provide cost-effective post-rehab benefits.

Client needs are used as the basis for dialogue between Pilate instructors and physical therapists. The two experts as well as other professionals such as doctors and chiropractors work together to deliver the best care to the client. Communication between these parties is therefore very important.

As the practices of Pilate instructors and physical therapists are mutually beneficial, it is evident that the relationship between professionals in these fields is strengthening. This is one of the main reasons why the two are encouraged to enhance their work, gain more confidence about referrals and be more informed on behalf of their clients by observing as well as experiencing each other’s work.

Know The Benefits Of Kinesio Taping

dynamic functional bandage with tapingSports fans may be noticing a lot of their favorite athletes these days are sporting various strips of brightly colored tape on different parts of their bodies. They are not simply displaying the latest fashion trend, but are benefiting from Kinesio taping.

Kinesio taping, which has been around for more than three decades, is quickly gaining in popularity for use by people suffering from sports injuries or musculoskeletal and inflammatory conditions. Many athletes find the tape also improves their performance on the field. It also can help prevent injuries or allow them to return to play more quickly.

First adopted by the Japanese Olympic team and other professional athletes in the 1980s, Kinesio taping uses a thin, elastic cotton strip that has acrylic adhesive to stick to the skin in patterns that will speed recovery from trauma or will help prevent injuries. The tape has been shown to help with a variety of conditions. Also, because the tape can be left on the skin for up to five days, its benefits are available around the clock.

Kinesio taping helps relieve pain through mechanisms both physical and neurological in nature. The tape has a lifting action on the skin, providing direct relief to pain receptors located there. It also can help with chronic pain by stimulating the nerve fibers, which is an action that can be useful for persistent pain that may exist after an injury has healed.

dynamic functional bandage with tapingBy reducing pressure and enhancing circulation, Kinesio taping also has been shown to be effective in reducing swelling, bruising, and inflammation and to relieve or prevent cramping or muscle spasms. This is true in the case of overused muscles, which can benefit from the tape encouraging the removal of lactic acid and other byproducts of exercise. This will allow for a faster rebound from high activity or endurance events.

Athletes have found that Kinesio taping will enhance the muscle tone and strength in muscles that already have been injured, allowing them to remain active. Because the tape has the same flexibility and thickness of skin, it does not constrict their range of motion and will not interfere with their activities.

For those who are not athletes, this aspect of Kinesio taping means they will be able to perform exercises that will improve their condition and to continue with most of their daily activities. The support and enhanced muscle tone the tape offers has been used to help children with hypotonia, or extremely poor muscle tone, which hinders their ability to crawl, roll over, or sit up.

The Role of Physical Morality

With One Remarkable Tool, We Can Work Wonders to Help Relieve Pain, Inflammation & More

At The Center of Medical Arts, we have harnessed the power of a small but powerful laser therapy tool called the MicroLight 830 low-level laser.

Arriving first on the scene in 2002 following FDA Approval, we have since help literally hundreds of patients find relief from these and other ailments:

  • Old or new sports injuries or accident
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Burns & sores
  • Repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lower back pain
  • Migraine headaches
  • Skin ulcers, bed or other pressure sores
  • Scarring from a recent surgery
  • Herpes simplex (cold sores)
  • Tennis & golfers’ elbow
  • Many other aches, pains and conditions that pain relief medication can’t conquer

Low-Level Laser Therapy Succeeds Where Other Treatments Fail.

Light has been used for healing for many centuries, starting with the Greeks and Romans who recognized the positive effects of sunlight. We know that when sunlight strikes the skin, our whole body feels the benefits. Even our brain is affected by sunlight. As scientists have understood more about the nature of light and its positive effects on the body, they have been able to develop techniques and devices that use light as part of the healing process.

The History of Laser Therapy

The word “laser” is an acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The theory was first described by Albert Einstein (1879-1955) who paved the way for the development of the therapeutic laser.  The first low-level therapeutic laser was developed in 1962. By the end of the 1960’s, Endre Mester in Hungary was reporting an improved healing of wounds through low-level laser radiation. Since then, scientists and doctors around the world have been using laser light to treat conditions that can affect all age groups.

What Is Low Level Laser Light?

Low-level laser light is compressed light of a wavelength from the cold, red part of the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. It is different from natural light in that it is one precise color; it is coherent (it travels in a straight line), monochromatic (a single wavelength) and polarized (it concentrates its beam in a defined location or spot). These properties allow laser light to penetrate the surface of the skin with no heating effect, no damage to the skin and no known side effects. Rather, laser light directs biostimulative light energy to the body’s cells which the cells then convert into chemical energy to promote natural healing and pain relief.

What Is Low Level Laser Therapy?

Low-level therapy uses cold (subthermal) laser light energy to direct bio-stimulative light energy to the body’s cells without injuring or damaging them in any way. The therapy is precise and accurate; and offers safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions.

How Does Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Benefit You?

  • Relieves acute and chronic pain
  • Increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair
  • Increases blood supply
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Stimulates nerve function
  • Develops collagen and muscle tissue
  • Helps generate new and healthy cells and tissue
  • Promotes faster wound healing and clot formation
  • Reduces inflammation
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Low-level laser therapy does not require constant, ongoing treatments, as is often required with traditional chiropractic or physiotherapeutic remedies.

Is Low-Level Laser Therapy for You?

It is if you suffer from any of the conditions mentioned above.

Equally important, the portable nature of the Microlight 830 allows us to provide in-home or in-office care…as well as our facilities, of course.

In our experience, we have had very few patients who have not received benefit from the Low Level Laser Therapy…conversely, numerous patients have received truly outstanding help for conditions that had previously defied all other therapies. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.