Pilates is as a strength- and agility-building exercise that has skyrocketed to popularity in gyms and health clubs around the country. Pilates exercises are typically performed on a mat or an exercise machine called a Reformer, and focus on strengthening the core. You might be surprised to learn that Pilates is also a form of extremely effective rehabilitative therapy. Pilates might be the missing element you need to put you on a faster road to recovery.
Many injuries and chronic soft tissue issues result from muscular imbalances. Muscle overuse, poor posture, a tendency to sit or lay in one position, overwearing high heels — all of these can cause the muscles to shorten or lengthen on one side, resulting in back pain, neck pain, or other chronic problems. These muscular imbalances can also make us more prone to muscle strains, rips, and pulls. Pilates is ideal for treating any condition caused by a muscular imbalance. It is also an effective treatment method for people with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions, osteoporosis, scoliosis, and other orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions.
If you want to incorporate Pilates into your rehab regimen in Tulsa, it’s very important to work with a trained physical therapist and not attempt Pilates at the gym or with a personal trainer. Pilates exercises have to be carefully adapted to treat injuries and chronic conditions, and you’ll need a trained therapist to ensure you don’t inadvertently make your injury worse. At Integrated Physical Health, our trained physical therapists utilize Pilates rehab to help improve your recovery time. We also offer Pilates rehab for Tulsa and the surrounding communities in combination with our other treatment protocols, including chiropractic treatment and massage therapy.