Clinical Pilates
The Pilates Method is not a new age phenomenon, but has in fact been around for some 75 years. Its founder, Joseph Pilates, observed that when there was a weak or misaligned area in the body, a person tended to overcompensate or overdevelop another area. Therefore, it was critical not only to correct the misalignment but also to re-educate the body so that injuries did not repeat themselves. He also believed that true well-being could be achieved through physical exercise and positive mental attitude.

Pilates & Exercise Rehabilitation
Through numerous studies it has been found that body movements are generated from the ‘core’ – a combination of deep spinal muscles attaching to the spine and abdominal wall creating a ‘muscular corsette’.
Movement forces ranging from reaching for a pen to laborious lying of bricks require good core stability.  Therefore someone whose stability muscles do not activate in advance of their mobilising muscles will be more vulnerable to injury.
When we suffer back pain, the larger outer back muscles spasm, working harder while the deeper stabilising muscles work less.  This leads to compression of joints, Manual therapy can help relieve the muscle spasm. However, the deep stabilising muscles remain weak.
As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates helps people overcome back pain. As the trunk is properly stabilised, pressure on the back is relieved muscle imbalances are corrected and the body is able to move freely and efficiently aiding recovery and helping prevent re-injury.

What is Pilates?
Pilates is low impact, pain free, slow controlled flowing movement that focuses on the whole body and not just the injured area. Primarily strengthening the ‘core’ muscles that stabilise and support the spine, realign the body and correct muscle imbalances. Pilates builds strength and endurance in a “neutral spine” viewed as the optimal load bearing position of the spine.
When we suffer pain, the body naturally adjusts to avoid pain or to help recuperate, causing misalignments throughout the body, which may have a chain reaction through the body and cause the pain to be referred elsewhere. Therefore once you have completed your specific clinic treatment it is a good idea to address the body’s imbalances correcting asymmetries and weaknesses.

Pilates can help:
• Back pain
• Neck pain & Headaches
• Tension & Stress
• Postural problems
• Stiffness & Tight muscles
• Sciatica
• Shoulder injuries and tendonitis
• Hip injuries
• Ankle injuries
• Knee injuries and total knee/hip replacements
• Scoliosis and other spinal injuries

Gemma is our Sports Rehabilitation therapist and qualified Pilates instructor at The Tonbridge Clinic. She conducts a thorough assessment initially, looking at posture, flexibility and range of motion. Specific exercises are then prescribed helping to strengthen and mobilise according to your individual body needs.