Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, the Pilates method is a systematic practice of specific exercises and focused breathing patterns and has become an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds.
Pilates exercises combine flexibility, strengthening, spinal alignment, core stabilization, balance and coordination. Pilates based techniques can be modified in difficulty from beginner to advanced, and can be easily centered on a person’s specific goals and/or limitations. Many people who have begun doing Pilates exercises see improvements in range of motion, flexibility, circulation, posture and abdominal strength and therefore decreases in back pain, neck pain and joint pain.
The benefits of Pilates include:
- Body awareness
- A stronger core
- Increased lung capacity and circulation
- Improved coordination—both physical and mental
- Strength and flexibility
- Improved posture
- Bone density and joint health improve
- Body control
At Excel Physical Therapy we value the benefits of Pilates exercises to balance the body and improve rehabilitation potential. We have a reformer and other Pilates equipment to provide our patients with a well-rounded combination of exercises. If indicated for your injury or condition, we have a team of trained professionals that can develop a Pilates based therapeutic exercise program specifically for you, which can be billed to your insurance in conjunction with your other comprehensive physical therapy services.