Pilates Specialist

Lafayette Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Lafayette, CA

Pilates is a wonderful form of both exercise and strength training. It can help you to regain strength and flexibility as an independent program and/or maintain your progress during your physical therapy care. If you’ve sustained an injury, Pilates could help you in your recovery. Lafayette Physical Therapy has been a trusted partner in Lafayette, California, for 40 years. At their modern facility, the providers offer a wide range of physical therapy treatments to strengthen and restore your body, including group Pilates classes and one-on-one sessions. To see if Pilates can improve your overall health, call Lafayette Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.

Pilates Q & A

What is Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise method focused on building your core strength to improve balance, flexibility, and posture.

Joseph Pilates created the Pilates Method in the 1920s to rehabilitate prisoners of war, but it was found to be beneficial to anyone interested in obtaining a higher level of fitness. His approach targets muscles located deep in your back and abdomen to more effectively support your spine and movement.

The practice of Pilates has six primary principles, including:

  • Centering
  • Control
  • Flow
  • Breath
  • Precision
  • Concentration

This gentle and accessible form of exercise is beneficial for people of all ages and fitness levels.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

Pilates offers numerous health benefits by improving your:

  • Balance
  • Posture
  • Flexibility
  • Fluidity and mobility
  • Core stability and strength

Your provider at Lafayette Physical Therapy also uses Pilates to prevent and treat back pain. They also offer it as a component of physical therapy.

How is Pilates used as physical therapy?

Our therapists can incorporate Pilates into a tailored rehab program as well as coordinate with our Pilates training professionals for transitions during and after physical therapy. 

Many injuries are due to an imbalance in your muscles, meaning some of your muscles are stronger than others. By strengthening the muscles in your core, your body’s entire muscle system becomes more aligned. Pilates also improves spinal and pelvic alignment, which supports better body movement and reduces your risk of injury.

How can Pilates help me heal?

To experience the therapeutic benefits of Pilates, it’s essential to work with a trained medical provider to avoid aggravating your condition.

At Lafayette Physical Therapy, your provider will develop a physical therapy plan incorporating Pilates personalized to your unique condition. Unlike some conventional physical therapy exercises, Pilates positions can be easily modified based on your injury, overall health, and fitness level.

Pilates also encourages you to play an active role in your health and rehabilitation. During each Pilates session, your provider will work with you to learn the correct body placement and movement. In some cases, your provider might also have you do some Pilates exercises at home between your sessions.

For more information on Pilates and physical therapy, call Lafayette Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.