Clinical Pilates FAQs 2017-05-23T11:37:25+00:00

Clinical Pilates FAQs

Q. What is Clinical Pilates? 

Pilates is a program for developing strength and control of the deep muscles of the spine, abdomen and pelvis; what we refer to as ‘core stability’. Research shows that activation of the pelvic floor, Transversus Abdominus and Multifidus muscles is integral when returning from lower back injury. The term “Clinical Pilates” is used to indicate that the classes are run by Physiotherapists who combine the original Pilates system with the latest in spinal stability research.

Q. How many Pilates classes should I do a week?

We recommend you participate in one of our Pilates classes at least once a week, but to gain any sustained benefits you must do some form of exercise in your own time. In your Pilates classes or rehabilitation sessions at PhysioTrain we will always show you some suitable exercises to do at home, which will be appropriate to your condition or fitness level. These are your opportunity to build on what you are learning in the class, and are in fact necessary to ensure that your good work doesn’t go to waste. Many of our clients start out by attending Pilates twice a week for the first 4-5 weeks. By this time they have often improved markedly and can start exercising more often in their own time. They may then continue seeing us once a week, and also go to the gym, jog or play tennis to round out their weekly fitness routine.

Q. What exercises should I be doing at home?

Every body is different. There is no one exercise for back pain or for neck pain. Your Physiotherapist will endeavour to give you a program as specific as possible for your condition. When we prescribe home exercises, we always advise our clients to come back at regular intervals to have their form checked, and to progress the exercises as your fitness, flexibility and strength improve over time. It is also valuable to have your form checked to make sure you continue to do the exercise correctly.

What about walking, does that count?

Absolutely! Daily walking is a minimum requirement to keep your body functioning normally. But to build strength and indeed even to maintain current levels of muscle mass you need to include some resistance training (such as Pilates, weights or gym) in your week.

Q. How long until I notice a difference?

It takes six weeks at a minimum to begin to increase the size of your muscles, but there are a lot of internal changes that take place well before that. It is best not to think of exercise as a program to perform for a short amount of time, but rather as a part of your daily life.

Q. Will I have sore muscles after Pilates?

It is not essential to “feel the burn” after your Pilates classes. Many introductory exercises focus on control of the deep abdominal muscles, which will not lead to muscle soreness after exercise. Having said that, many of our clients move quickly beyond this stage and perform exercises which are much more challenging. Some of the high level exercises performed on our suspension equipment (see Redcord) will leave you feeling your abdominal muscles and glutes the following day. Even performing squats with good range of movement and good form will often lead to plenty of muscle soreness the next day. This muscle soreness is not essential in the early Symptomatic Care phase, but to make real and lasting changes in the strength of your muscles you will experience some “burn” along the way.

Q. What if I don’t have the time to do exercises at home?

You may not find the time to exercise, but you have to make the time. Moving your body really is a minimum requirement to maintain a healthy existence. You have to make it a priority ahead of watching TV, reading or relaxing on the couch.  30 minutes of exercise represents less than 4 per cent of your waking hours, so for something so important it should not be too hard to fit in.

Q. What if i miss a class?

Inconsistent attendance will obviously limit the results that you will see from doing Pilates.  Doing one workout has benefits, but these diminish if there is not a follow up session within an appropriate time frame. If you have to miss a scheduled class one week, we suggest you come to another class in the same week, rather than just waiting until the same time next week. Two weeks is a long time to go without doing exercise, particularly if you are trying to recover from an injury.

Remember: Seven days without exercise makes one WEAK

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