The Reformer – Rehabilitation Based Pilates Instruction


At AC Physical Therapy we utilize the reformer (pictured on the left) for rehabilitation based Pilates instruction.

Pilates teaches body awareness and posture with easy, graceful movements that improve flexibility, agility and motion.  Pilates is designed to develop a strong “core” or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles, and the muscles closest to the spine, which are critical to spinal health. The exercises are designed to develop core control while moving your arms and legs.

Pilates is safe, sensible exercise using a floor mat or specialized equipment. One piece of equipment is the Pilates reformer, which can be modified to provide the right amount of resistance or assistance for people of any age or fitness level. The reformer provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility. No other exercise system is so gentle to your body while giving it a challenging workout. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and almost all are low impact and partially weight bearing for those recovering from surgery or with significant arthritis.

No matter age or condition, it can work for everyone. Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By developing proper technique patients are actually re-training the body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion – invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.

In conventional workouts, weak muscles tend to get weaker and strong muscles tend to get stronger. The result is muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain. Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. The major benefit of Pilates is that it does not compartmentalize the injury; rather it works with the injured limb as it relates to the rest of the body. The body is an amazing machine requiring cooperation between all of the joints in the upper or lower extremity in order to achieve optimal performance. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping patients enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease and less chance of re-injury.


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