Guest post by Susan Rhea, PT, DPT
The other day a PT colleague asked me “what is the difference between traditional PT and Pilates based PT?” The question is one I’ve heard many times since beginning my work at IOBT yet it still excites me to share what I’ve learned from the Pilates world.
One of the many differences I have seen using PBPT in my practice is being able to support the body while facilitating natural movement. We are able to the Pilates equipment along with the traditional hands on techniques and patient education while approaching problems with a holistic perspective. We are looking at the whole person, not just the injury or symptoms.
Many times injuries or less than optimal posture can cause imbalances in the body over time and if not corrected these compensations can cause issues down the road. In Pilates, we focus on finding balance and uniform development in the body by facilitating proper motor programming. When you are injured the body changes the way it moves to protect the injured area, but over time this can lead to tightness and/or weakness. Even after strengthening and stretching, the central nervous system is still “programmed” to move differently from the days, weeks, or even years of compensation. These unhealthy patterns will persist until they are “re-programed.” At IOBT, our PTs work with your central nervous system to create NEW patterns and restore the natural movement of your joints and muscles. With the help of one of our amazing Pilates-Based PTs, you can reduce your pain, improve your posture, and return to the activities you love!
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