Utilizing Pilates to Enhance Rehab Outcomes

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It is critical to understand the scientific evidence in physical therapy and rehabilitation. Many physical therapists agree with the notion that scientific evidence should be utilized to guide practice decisions.

One of the main principles in Pilates is Core Control / Centering. This refers to the development of a strong core/torso to provide a solid foundation from which the extremities move. Several studies indicate that the Transverse Abdominis and Multifidi are key muscles to stabilize the lumbar spine. However, other studies challenge these muscles as the key stabilizers of the spine. One study suggests that no single core muscle can be identified as most important for lumbar spine stability and that stabilization exercises may be most effective when they enlist the entire spinal musculature under various loading conditions. Clinically, this is also a popular theory.

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Proper execution of Pilates exercises integrates the entire core for stabilization. These studies help substantiate the use of Pilates as an effective approach in core stabilization.

Since Pilates focuses on proper alignment, as well as many other things, when used appropriately it may be integrated in the post–surgical population as well. One preliminary review suggests it may be safely integrated into post–surgical total hip and knee arthroplasty rehabilitative interventions. Also, core stabilization has been found to improve hip range of motion.

Pilates can be effective in treating multiple neurological diseases and conditions. In several neurological conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, peripheral neuropathy, and gait ataxia, balance re–training is a key component in rehabilitation. Several studies suggest that Pilates is effective in improving balance in the older adult population.Claims have been made that Pilates can also assist in improving posture and energy level in these groups, but more research is needed to prove these claims.

Pilates can be safely used in the geriatric population. However, certain exercises may require modifications or adjustments. Not only has Pilates been found to improve both static and dynamic balance in this population, it has also been found to improve personal autonomy and quality of life. In middle–aged men and women, Pilates has been found to improve abdominal endurance, hamstring flexibility, and upper–body muscular endurance. Additionally, Pilates can improve overall body composition, muscular endurance, and flexibility in adults.

Although the research is limited the use of Pilates in the rehabilitation setting, there are still several studies suggesting the benefits of Pilates for various diagnoses and benefits. One study showed that Pilates and pelvic floor muscle training showed similar increases in pelvic floor muscle strength in healthy females. Pilates can be a safe and effective method for people with Fibromyalgia syndrome. There are studies showing the effectiveness of using Pilates in breast cancer patients. Possible benefits include increased shoulder range of motion, as well as improvement in symptoms of fatigue, functional capacity, depression, and quality of life. Pilates may even help reduce obesity. Studies showed that a four–week Pilates program actually reduced BMI percentile in healthy, young girls.

More research is needed to examine the use and benefits of Pilates for various diagnoses. However, the current literature suggests Pilates may be a great adjunct to current treatment. Moreover, it is important that practitioners undergo proper and adequate training in this exercise form in order to apply it appropriately, safely, and effectively to the variety of conditions seen in the rehabilitation setting.

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Introduction and discussion regarding the benefits of Pilates

Introduction and discussion regarding the benefits of Pilates
  • Understand the benefits of Pilates, specifically in the rehabilitation setting.
  • Describe all the principles of Pilates and the applications of each in a clinical setting.
  • Be able to perform a variety of Pilates exercises and teach patients the appropriate exercises for their conditions.
  • Understand which Pilates exercises address specific impairments encountered in the rehabilitation setting.
  • Discuss the latest evidence for integrating Pilates into the orthopedic, neurologic, and geriatric populations.
  • Demonstrate understanding in the practical application of Pilates exercises covering a variety of conditions and diagnoses that are presented in a case study format.
  • Develop progressive rehab programs utilizing the fundamentals of Pilates principles for a variety of diagnoses to include geriatric, neurological, work related injuries, orthopedic and cardiopulmonary dysfunction.

The Eight Pilates Principles - Highlights

The Eight Pilates Principles - Highlights
  • Pilates effect on improving strength
  • Muscle flexibility and joint range of motion
  • Posture and conditioning of the body
  • Breathing
  • Core Control
  • Alignment and Posture
  • Spinal Articulation
  • Precision and Control
  • Movement Integration

Pilates Exercise Guide - Highlights

Pilates Exercise Guide - Highlights

    Each exercise is throughly explained in each movie segment

  • Imprinting
  • Lower Extremity Movements with Neutral Pelvic Alignment

  • Heel Slides
  • Knee Extension with Heel slide
  • Knee Extended Leg Lowering and Lifting
  • Bent-Knee Hip Circles with Neutral Pelvis
  • Table Toe taps
  • Table Toe taps with Arm Lifts
  • Bridging
  • Bridging with Modifications
  • Mat Exercises

  • The Hundred
  • Half Roll Up
  • Roll-Up
  • Single Leg Circles
  • Single Leg Stretch
  • Double Leg Stretch
  • Single Straight Leg Stretch (scissors)

Pilates Mat Exercises

Pilates Mat Exercises
  • Criss-Cross
  • Spine Stretch Forward
  • The Corkscrew
  • The Corkscrew II
  • The Saw
  • Spine Twist
  • The Jackknife
  • Front/Back - Side Kick Series
  • Up/Down - Side Kick Series
  • Circles - Side Kick Series
  • Double Leg Lift - Side Kick Series
  • Bicycle - Side Kick Series
  • Clams
  • Side Plank
  • Modified Side Plank
  • Front Leg Pull
  • Mermaid
  • Swimming

Standing Pilates Exercises

Standing Pilates Exercises
  • Criss-Cross
  • The Saw
  • The Hundred - Legs on Ball
  • The Hundred - Small Ball Behind Back
  • The Half Roll Up - Legs on Ball
  • The Half Roll Up - Holding Swiss Ball
  • Double Leg Stretch - Holding Ball
  • Criss-Cross - Legs on Swiss Ball
  • Shoulder Bridge - Beginner
  • Shoulder Bridge - Intermediate
  • Shoulder Bridge - Advanced
  • Mermaid
  • Swan Dive - Intermediate
  • Swan Dive - Advanced
  • The Saw

Pilates Exercises with Foam Roll

Pilates Exercises with Foam Roll
  • Scapular Elevation/ Depression
  • Scapular Protraction/ Retraction
  • Supine on Foam Roll
  • Tabletop Leg Lowering
  • Tabletop Toe Taps
  • Double - Supine, Tabletop Leg Lowering
  • Obliques - Supine, Tabletop Leg Lowering
  • Bridging - Supine on Foam Roll
  • Bridging - Feet on Foam Roll
  • Single Leg Circles
  • Trunk Extensions with Forearm on Foam

Pilates Exercises with Ring/Circle

Pilates Exercises with Ring/Circle
  • The Hundred
  • The Half Roll-Up
  • The Corkscrew
  • Bridging - Ring Between Thighs
  • Bridging - Ring Under Foot
  • Spine Twist
  • Hamstring Stretch
  • Inner Thigh Stretch
  • Outer Thigh Stretch
  • Prone Trunk Extension

Pilates Exercises with Bosu Trainer

Pilates Exercises with Bosu Trainer
  • Lower Extremity Movements
  • Bridging with Feet on the BOSU® Trainer
  • Half Roll
  • Roll Up
  • Single Leg Stretch
  • Double Leg Stretch
  • Criss Cross
  • Modified Side Plank
  • Front Leg Pull
  • The Hundred
  • Exercises with Bands

  • Clams
  • Sitting Spine Twist
  • Bent-Knee Single Leg Circles
  • Single Leg Circles
  • Side Lying Hip Circles
  • Front Leg Pulls

Case Study 1 - Pilates for Post ACL Reconstruction

Case Study 1 - Pilates for Post ACL Reconstruction - Highlights

A 21-year old male has been in PT for the past 6 weeks post ACL reconstruction on the right knee.

Case Study 2 - Pilates for Total Hip Replacement

Case Study 2 - Pilates for Total Hip Replacement

A 70-year old female is 5 weeks post-op for a left total hip replacement (posterior THR precautions).

Case Study 3 - Pilates for Multiple Sclerosis

Case Study 3 -  Pilates for Multiple Sclerosis

Patient is a 40-year old female was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 5 years ago. She currently complains of mild difficulty with walking, occasional losses of balance, and generalized upper and lower extremity weakness. Her goals for PT are to improve her walking, balance, and upper body strength.

Case Study 4 - Pilates for Stroke Patients

Case Study 4 -  Pilates for Stroke Patients

A patient is a 68-year old male who reports having a stroke 3 weeks ago. Prior to the stroke, he states he was working full-time as an electrician. He states he usually plays golf twice per week and enjoys spending time with his 3 young grandchildren. He states his goals for PT are to improve his walking, return to work, return to golf, and return to being able to play with his grandkids.

Case Study 5 - Pilates for Lower Back Pain

Case Study 5 - Pilates for  Lower Back Pain

A patient is an 80-year old female who currently complains of right low back pain that radiates into her right buttock and posterior thigh. She states she had an MRI last week and her doctor diagnosed her with lumbar stenosis. Aggravating factors include prolonged walking and prolonged standing. She usually feels better with sitting and bending forward. She states she is very active and would like to return to her previous level of activity which includes walking on the track at the senior center and attending her Tai Chi class.