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How Pilates Helps with Rehab and PT

in Southfield, MI

How Pilates Helps with Rehab and PT

Many people choose Pilates as an amazingly effective whole-body workout that gives them increased flexibility and strength and just makes them feel great.

It turns out that Pilates helps with rehab and PT too.

That’s because Pilates has both physical and mental health benefits. Pilates-based physical therapy has done wonders for a range of patients including those who are healing injuries, have had a stroke, or who struggle with neurodegenerative diseases. 

The Ways Pilates Helps with Rehab and PT

Many people do Pilates every day to get a leaner, stronger, and more toned body. Plus, it can be a lot of fun! But it’s proven an effective system for patients in a physical therapy or rehabilitative setting as well. 

Pilates-based physical therapy is utilized to assist recovery by offering the following: 

1. Breath Control

Injuries, especially those to the brain, can disrupt muscle control along the diaphragm. This results in uneven breathing, increased heart rate, and alignment issues – all of which slow recovery.

The Pilates practice emphasizes slow and deep breathing along with exercises that focus on stabilizing. Consistent deep breathing lowers blood pressure and boosts blood-oxygen levels.

2. Improved Flexibility

After an injury, many patients experience decreased mobility. If it’s a purely physical injury, this can be because of pain. For those with brain injuries, they may not be able to move like they once did. Whatever the case, if the lack of movement isn’t addressed, it can lead to muscle atrophy, impaired balance, and weight gain. 

Pilates-based physical therapy focuses on stretching to lessen joint stiffness and muscle shortening. In addition, motor function is improved and spasticity is decreased through flexibility exercises.

3. Restored Gait

Certain injuries, and strokes in particular, can misalign gait. A faulty gait hinders rehabilitation. Pilates aims to strengthen the core, which includes the lower back, to improve stability and restore gait.

But Pilates Positively Impacts the Brain Too

The physical benefits of the Pilates practice are obvious. But what many people don’t know is that it offers mental health benefits as well. The rehabilitation process relies on a healthy brain. So just how does Pilates benefit the health of your brain?

1. Lessens Stress and Increases Focus

Pilates requires practitioners to become fully present in the movement. They learn how to deeply focus to achieve more peace of mind. The required concentration on Pilates results in better focus in all areas of your life even outside the studio. All of this leads to less stress which in turn lowers the intensity of anxiety and panic attacks.

2. Generates New Brain Cells

Even if you aren’t working to rehab after an injury, you may have noticed your memory is not as sharp as it used to be. A movement system like Pilates generates new brain cells and strengthens neural connections. This boost in brain activity protects it from deterioration that can lead to diseases like Alzheimer’s.

3. Stabilizes Mood

During any rehabilitation program, fluctuations in mood are common. But mood swings aren’t reserved for those trying to heal. The movements and breath control that are part and parcel of Pilates bring practitioners to that middle ground where they feel grounded and at peace.

Could Pilates Be Part of Your Therapeutic Journey?

Now that you know all the ways that Pilates helps with rehab and PT, you might be ready to explore this modality.

We encourage you to reach out to us today to find out more about our Pilates-based physical therapy program. 

Our highly skilled therapists will help you reap all of the above-mentioned benefits so you can get back to your life. 

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