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.

Workout With TRX

TRX is a total body suspension training system which makes use of your body weight to build muscles and achieve a healthy body. You can progress from simple to more intense exercises as your ability and strength increases.

TRX was developed for the Navy Seals and is the original suspension training system based on body weight. It was designed to deliver functional fitness to soldiers, trainers, athletes and clients.TRX can be used by a personal trainer who deals with depressed clients.

In physical therapy, a single session of trx training takes approximately an hour and includes everything from warm up to cool down stretches which help to you to avoid or recover from an injury. To protect yourself from an injury, it is best if you learn the kinds of exercises which fulfill your particular needs.

This suspension training is used to develop strength, balance and flexibility. The training involves loaded instability, which uses multiple planes of motion and working different joints and muscles simultaneously.

It is good to work out often for health benefits. Having three sessions of TRX weekly with a personal trainer can improve your health significantly. If you are a sports person, you can still continue with the sporting activity besides suspension training. From a single portable training station you will build body strength, flexibility, core stability and balance.

With TRX training, you may or may not need a personal trainer. However, it is important that you learn from a qualified trainer or physical therapist before you can train alone.

Everyone can benefit from TRX training since the person training controls the resistance and level of difficulty without much effort. The whole idea is to just shift the position of your body. TRX is commonly used for rehabilitation and hardcore training by elite athletes and soldiers.

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.