Developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a series of exercises focused on rehabilitation.
At first, Pilates was a series of exercises performed either on a mat or on a machine called a reformer. Although Pilates programs have changed dramatically over the years, they still offer therapeutic movements designed to help people recover from surgery, injuries, or chronic pain caused either by degenerative diseases or trauma.
Based in the Sawtelle area of Los Angeles, California, our team at Momentum Physical Therapy can help you increase your strength, flexibility, and range of motion with low-impact therapeutic movements while working closely with a certified Pilates instructor or physical therapist.
Read on to learn more about how Pilates can help speed up your recovery and improve your overall health.
Pilates exercises increase the strength of your core and your stabilizing muscles. When you strengthen your abdominal muscles, your posture improves, and there’s less pressure on your knees, hips, shoulders, and ankles.
After you get hurt, some of your muscles must work harder to compensate for the injury. As time goes on, this can lead to imbalances in your body.
However, Pilates can fix these imbalances by building strength and stability in your core so the rest of your body isn’t forced to carry as heavy of a load.
Think of your core muscles as a link in a chain connecting your upper body to your lower body. Whether you’re walking, running, or playing a sport, all the motions you make either start in your core or move through it.
Weak or inflexible muscles in your abdomen or lower back not only impair your function locally, but they also have an impact on how your arms and legs function.
Studies found that Pilates can balance the muscular forces around each of your joints and prevent dysfunctional movement patterns that may lead to falls.
Other studies have shown that patients suffering from lower back pain notice reduced pain after doing Pilates, more so than any other type of physical therapy.
At Momentum Physical Therapy, our skilled therapists use Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) Pilates, a method designed by physical therapists for rehabilitation purposes. Owner Tanya Balakrishnan, MPT, was the first therapist in the United States to be certified in the AAPI method.
During your session, either Tanya or Kelly Masuda, PT, DPT, will lead you through a series of gentle exercises to strengthen your body. The AAPI method focuses specifically on low-impact, mat-based exercises that stabilize your cervical spine and align the lumbopelvic region.
If you’re looking for a supportive environment to practice Pilates and kickstart your recovery, contact us to schedule an appointment at our office in Los Angeles, California, today!