Exercise forms an important part of physiotherapy rehabilitation. The aim is to increase mobility, muscle strength, general fitness, and build core stability, correct any muscle imbalances and reduce symptoms. Regular, moderate exercise can help many of the conditions that physiotherapists can treat. Your physiotherapist will probably introduce a tailored rehabilitation program of graded exercises into your treatment plan as necessary or may recommend classes such as Pilates. You will also be given self-help advice and if appropriate posture correction and ergonomic advice.
Pilates-based treatment is offered where appropriate at the Whitstable Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic. Kate Clark is approved and registered with the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute). Traditional Pilates is a system of exercise developed in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates. He believed that injuries are caused by imbalances in the body’s habitual patterns of movement. His exercise system emphasises the importance of movement taking place on a central core of stability to correct those imbalances. He emphasised a number of key principles such as concentration, breathing, control and flowing movement. The exercises are designed to improve core strength, body tone, posture and flexibility.