When is it Time to Try Pilates Therapy?

Date: 2020-02-16 14:06:20

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Whether its back pain, hip pain or core instability, Lee Health physical therapist assistant Dianna Dull says she uses Pilates therapy to help patients manage their symptoms. “I usually assess their body, how they move and then I teach them the five basic principles of Pilates which have to do with breath, the pelvic placement, rib cage placement, shoulder blade placement, and head placement.”

Pilates therapy uses the breath to help patients improve strength, balance, and mobility. “I teach people how to use the mechanics of breath to get deep into the core, activate those core muscles, which will essentially just release the back pain, improve your posture and strengthen your entire body at the same time,” said Dull.

The goal of each exercise in physical therapy is to make it as functional as possible for the patient so that they can incorporate it into their everyday life. “If somebody has a problem bending over to pick something up off the floor, due to balance or they’re just not able to engage their core, then we will take that issue and that goal and we will work from that,” she said.

Using equipment like the Pilates steps, chair, and reformer, patients can improve their posture, core strength and balance—exercises that can help manage pain.

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