Benefits of Clinical Pilates

Benefits of Clinical Pilates

Learn the Benefits of Clinical Pilates

Clinical Pilates has a range of benefits, ranging from injury rehabilitation, injury prevention, and physical performance. This blog will go through the 6 main benefits of Clinical Pilates and aims to give you insight into how the practice can help you.

Clinical Pilates is a fundamental modality of physiotherapy that provides specific treatment to a range of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Clinical Pilates is undertaken on reformer beds and trapeze tables, which allows a variety of exercises to target, injuries of spinal regions and upper and lower limbs.

Injury Rehabilitation

Clinical Pilates is an effective method of rehabilitation for a range of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Its benefit is seen mostly for conditions that are either sub-acute (6-12 weeks) or ongoing (12 weeks onwards), however, it can still be very effective for a range of acute conditions (less than 6 weeks).

Rehabilitation is effective for:

  • Improving and managing pain
  • Strength & flexibility deficits
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Work-related pain or injuries
  • Sports and athletic injuries

Strength & Flexibility

Clinical Pilates builds strength and flexibility in the body, but most importantly, it builds it in a way that is specific to the client. Each participant has a specified program that aims to develop strength and flexibility in a manner that is required for their injury, pathology or goals.

Pilates aims to strengthen participants in key muscle groups and provide dynamic stability throughout the body. That means being able to stabilize one area and move another. Dynamic stability is integral to Clinical Pilates and is the basis for the day-to-day benefit it achieves.

Injury Prevention

Clinical Pilates can aid in injury prevention. Whether it’s preventing a previously recurring injury or wanting to improve your body’s resistance to any musculoskeletal predispositions, our program will be tailored for those goals. By strengthening key muscle groups such as; gluteals, hamstrings, abdominals and improving shoulder stability, Pilates can provide the key to preventing injury.

Your program will be designed for whichever aspect of life it is required, and by completing it consistently, will find ongoing benefit.

The program can be sports specific, designed to strengthen the back, hamstrings, and gluteals and prevent a recurring hamstring injury. Pilates can also be used to provide the postural endurance, and tools to prevent neck and lower back injuries from spending extended time at the desk – a problem that is seen all too often at the clinic.

Body Awareness

Pilates is a fantastic exercise for body awareness. The body control that is required in Clinical Pilates is needed for ongoing improvement. Your specific program will be centered on which area of the body your injury, pathology or desire to improve is.

Lumbar spine and pelvic position is a fundamental aspect of Clinical Pilates and will be an aspect that will be used throughout the majority of exercises for the upper and lower body.

Upper body posture, neck, and shoulder position is a common area that deficits are found in. Sitting at a desk, and extended periods driving the car can influence control here. Upper body exercises will include an emphasis on neck position and scapular (shoulder blade) control and provide the client with knowledge of the optimal biomechanical position to function in.

Sports & Athletic Performance

Clinical Pilates can provide a foundation of strength and flexibility for sports and athletic performance. A Pilates program can be developed with the goals of the client in mind to aid in their performance. Incorporating both

Runners are able to have a program developed to ensure they are able to maintain running form over a short or long distance, and train aspects of power or endurance as necessary.

Dynamic ball sports players may need a program to address hip and pelvic strength. These individuals need the ability to change direction and cut with stability and speed, whilst remaining injury free – a common downfall for participants from these sports.


Most importantly, regular exercise is a great way to release endorphins and feel good. The benefits of staying fit, injury free and in tune with your body will further enhance the effects of Clinical Pilates.

Book in for your Clinical Pilates assessment with your physio, and take your first steps to better health.