Healthy eating and regular exercise are among the basic principles of a healthy lifestyle. Regular and professional movement is very important for the health of the musculoskeletal system, and it also helps the body to look more fit.
At this stage, clinical Pilates applications stand out, helping to improve physical and mental health. It is an indispensable treatment method in musculoskeletal diseases and disorders that develop as a result of them.
What Is Clinical Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise that focuses on the control of body positions and movement, developed by Joseph Pilates. It focuses on the development of different parts of the body with different movements.
Clinical Pilates, on the other hand, is a treatment that is more focused on protecting the health of the musculoskeletal system. In this treatment, the aim is to eliminate complications related to tendons, muscles, ligaments, bones, joints, nerves, and their related complications.
Clinical Pilates is very effective in improving spinal health and eliminating musculoskeletal system problems such as muscle spasm and fibromyalgia.
Pilates basically defines exercises that focus on compression, but clinical Pilates, which is applied under the supervision of a physiotherapist, is used more to treat the following problems:
- Posture disorders and pain caused by them
- Joint pain
- Back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Lumbar and cervical herniated discs
- Muscle and tendon injuries
- Internal organ problems
- Knee and hip problems
- Cruciate ligament injury
- Meniscus injury
- Breathing difficulties
What Are The Benefits Of Clinical Pilates?
Pilates is a sport that promotes flexibility, strength, and balance; therefore, it is frequently practiced by professional athletes, dancers, and gymnasts.
In addition to professionals, many people with active exercise programs also prefer to do Pilates. Pilates helps the body to look fit and toned, and it also reduces the risk of various health problems. Therefore, it can be applied for both therapeutic and preventive purposes.
Clinical Pilates, which is one of the basic exercise applications, helps to protect spinal health and eliminate musculoskeletal problems. Pain caused by poor posture habits, various injuries, and lumbar and cervical herniated discs can be relieved with clinical Pilates.
During this time, the person also shows physical as well as mental development, and this helps to reduce stress and anxiety. The special breathing techniques used in clinical Pilates also help to relax by providing more oxygen to the muscles and tissues.
Clinical Pilates, which is also a curative treatment for people working in poor ergonomic conditions, defines the process of applying personalized exercises and developing physical awareness under the control of an expert.
In this way, it helps to develop structures such as ligaments, tendons, muscles, and skeleton; and to eliminate the symptoms of the problems caused by them.
Who Is Clinical Pilates Applied To?
Clinical Pilates is suitable for people of all ages and can be applied as a complementary method after physical therapy. The scope of application of clinical Pilates is quite broad.
Clinical Pilates, which is applied after pregnancy and trauma, is also a method used in healthy individuals who do not have any diseases and only want to start exercising. These individuals are included in the Pilates program after a physical examination.
Clinical Pilates, which is applied on the ground or on a device using special equipment such as elastic bands, Pilates balls, and the like, is a personalized treatment that can be used in the following cases:
- In those with chronic pain
- In the treatment of scoliosis and osteoarthritis
- In fibromyalgia syndrome
- In case of osteoporosis
- To regain mobility in hospitalized patients
- For activity development in elite athletes and dancers
- To increase flexibility
- In the pre- and post-pregnancy period
- In those who have experienced trauma
- In the treatment of obesity
- In tissue rheumatism
- In musculoskeletal diseases
How To Do Clinical Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is a therapeutic process for those who experience musculoskeletal problems due to various reasons. In this process, a personalized Pilates program is created by considering the person’s range of motion, disease, symptom level, and many other factors.
The implementation of this program is carried out under the supervision of a qualified physiotherapist. Clinical Pilates, which is applied by non-experts or unconsciously, can cause the body to be overstressed, which can lead to more serious problems.
Therefore, it is important that the application is done under the supervision of an expert, especially in individuals with musculoskeletal problems.
Clinical Pilates is done using various Pilates equipment on a special bed, mat, or floor. At this time, special movements that focus on improving the person’s problem area are applied consciously. The exercises aim to develop body muscles and give the body balance.
At the same time, it is also aimed to increase flexibility and range of motion. With special breathing techniques, the muscles are made to work more smoothly and develop faster.
To get the maximum benefit from the program, it is important to continue treatment for the period recommended by the expert, and if necessary, to apply the basic movements on your own in the next process with the recommendation of the doctor.
Clinical Pilates applications are usually organized in 45-minute sessions and continue for a minimum of 4 sessions. However, the session durations and times are specially adjusted according to the person’s problem and development process.
Sessions applied 2-3 days a week allow individuals to develop good posture habits and strengthen their musculoskeletal structures.