Pilates Matwork Therapy
Pilates may seem like a new way to engage in physical activity, but did you know it was actually created in the early 20th century? Joseph Pilates created this form of exercise during World War I as a way to help rehabilitate wounded soldiers. Since then, Pilates has been used for a vast arrangement of exercise, treatment, and strength training. For more information on how Pilates can enhance your physical therapy treatment plan, contact Wellspring Health Center today!
How does Pilates fit with Physical Therapy?
Pilates for rehabilitation purposes has been a growing trend in the physical therapy field for quite some time now. This advanced form of exercise not only helps in the recovery of an injured body part, but it also goes beyond that – it helps with improving strength and movement throughout the entire body.
Pilates can be used in areas other than injury rehabilitation, as well. It has also been known to be used as a stress management technique, as well as a way to strengthen the joints and muscles. It helps with improving muscle performance, motor control, and reinforcing postural alignment. By focusing on the core, Pilates is able to amplify your center of balance and promote an even musculature throughout the body.
This treatment is effective for a large number of musculoskeletal conditions, which is the main reason why Wellspring Health Center incorporates it into our treatment plans. Some of the most common conditions treated with Pilates therapy include:
At Wellspring Health Center, our aim is to help you reach your full potential of physical function, no matter what your condition may be.
How do I get started?
If you are looking for Eden Prairie, MN, Pilates therapy services, Wellspring Health Center is here for you. Contact our Eden Prairie, MN, physical therapy office today to schedule a consultation with one of our licensed physical therapists and discover the many ways in which Pilates can benefit you!
Why We Utilize Pilates Therapy
Wellspring Health Center utilizes therapeutic Pilates Matwork Therapy for a holistic approach to strength training. Unlike conventional physical therapy which focuses on strengthening just the area of pain, our holistic strengthening approach creates healthy coordinated movement through the whole body to reduce pain and support long-term recovery.
Pilates Matwork Rehabilitative Exercises are a series of exercises that are designed to re-align and strengthen specific back and abdominal muscles – the core muscles. Strong, flexible core muscles are essential to a healthy back. Our physical therapists have specialized training in Pilates Matwork Rehabilitative Exercises, which are some of the most challenging and effective exercises for rehabilitating back problems.
Pilates mat exercises were originally based on 6 principles: Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breathing, and Flowing Movement. The therapists use these principles to aid in the proper retraining and strengthening of the spine and extremities. Pilates mat exercises are especially well suited to the rehabilitation of neck, back, and extremity conditions.
In fact, all of the specialized equipment Joseph Pilates created came after the development of his matwork! Sometimes we say, “the mat is the method.” Mat work is the foundation of Pilates. It includes numerous exercises of varying difficulty and progression.
Wellspring physical therapists attend continuing education programs in advanced therapeutic Pilates Matwork Rehab Therapy in order to provide the safest, most effective rehab therapy available in the Twin Cities metro area.
Our physical therapy services, including Pilates Matwork Therapy, are covered by most major insurance plans under your physical therapy benefits. Call or text us at (952) 933-1150 for details.
About Joseph Pilates the founder of Pilates
Joseph Pilates was born in 1880 near Dusseldorf, Germany. He was the creator of the Pilates Method, formerly and originally known as “Contrology.” He suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever. However, he managed to overcome his physical limitations by developing his own program of exercise and bodybuilding. In 1926, Joe left Germany and immigrated to the United States. During his voyage, he met Clara, a nurse, whom he later married. Together, they opened a fitness studio in New York, sharing an address with the New York City Ballet.
Unknown to many, Pilates was actually originally designed as a fitness program for men, but due to their close proximity to this Ballet studio, many people began to associate Pilates with women and ballet. Nevertheless, by the early 1960s, Joe and Clara’s style of exercise, now termed “Pilates,” was becoming widely popular. Joe passed away in 1967, but his brilliant method of Pilates continues to be internationally used.
Pilates is unique to the world of exercise as it combines stretching and strengthening to elongate musculature and enhance the “long, lean” look. The emphasis on breath, posture and core strengthening makes it a great fit for use in holistic physical therapy rehab. Pilates conditions the entire body through smooth, safe, linear movement patterns that incorporate many muscle groups simultaneously.
We offer a Complimentary Pilates Matwork Therapy Consultation in person or by phone, contact us at our Eden Prairie, MN clinic.