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Pilates as Physical Therapy
You may think Pilates is a recent fitness craze, but it was actually created in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates to improve his fitness and physique. During World War I, he began using his exercise techniques with wounded soldiers as a form of rehabilitation. When Pilates came to America after the war and began working with injured dancers, the Pilates exercises gained popularity.
Good Shepherd recently began incorporating Pilates into its physical rehabilitation services. The goal is for each patient to go beyond just rehabilitating an injured body part to also improving strength and movement throughout the entire body. Patients with an array of neurological and orthopedic issues, including spinal cord injuries, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, stroke and balance issues and traumatic brain injury, are benefitting from Pilates as it reinforces postural alignment, muscle performance and motor control. Pilates equipment and exercises are being incorporated into the therapy plan.
“After years of hearing people tell me how Pilates made them feel better by lessening or eliminating pain, I was inspired to become a certified practitioner of Pilates for rehabilitation,” says Wendy Norelli, PT, PMA-CPT (Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teachers). She is now only one of two comprehensively trained practitioners of Pilates for rehabilitation in the region.
“What makes Pilates unique is that it promotes both strength and flexibility,” says Norelli. “Pilates works muscles in a lengthened position while using spring tension to provide resistance. The results carry over to make everyday functional tasks easier, thanks to improved coordination and balance.”
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