Core stability relates to the section of your body bound by your abdominal wall, pelvis, lower back and diaphragm and its ability to stabilise your body during movement. Whenever you move, lift or change position, the core region is unconsciously tensed and assists to maintain good posture and protect your spine from injury. Unfortunately, following pain or injury, the muscles responsible for core stability are often sluggish and do not effectively maintain good posture and spinal alignment. This can contribute to pain that persists for longer than expected or to recurring injury.
You’re in good hands! Your physiotherapist can help you to improve the function of your core stability muscles through a tailored core strengthening program. Whether your program is targeted at pain reduction or injury prevention, your Physiotherapist will firstly help you to learn the ideal posture for your spine. Secondly, your Physiotherapist will teach you the foundation exercises and how to activate your core muscles effectively. At Active Rehab, you may also use real-time ultrasound – this allows you to see your own muscles working and helps you to learn the correct muscle action.
As you progress and improve, your Physiotherapist will prescribe increasingly challenging exercises to build your core strength, whilst maintaining an ideal posture.
Pilates refers to a system of exercises designed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. The exercises are based on the principles of:
- centering (activating the stability muscles)
- conscious breathing
- core alignment and posture
- control of movement
- concentration and coordination
Clinical Pilates is the use of Pilates-style exercises, modified by your Physiotherapist for your individual injury or condition and used as part of your rehabilitation program. Your Physiotherapist will work one-on-one with you to ensure you are performing your Pilates exercises correctly. Many of these exercises can be done as mat exercises, but others require various pieces of equipment including Reformers, exercise balls and resistance bands. Pilates can be an effective exercise for a wide range of conditions, ranging from gentle exercises for arthritis to performance optimisation exercises for elite athletes.
All of the Active Rehab clinics are fully equipped with a variety of exercise equipment, including Pilates Reformers, exercise balls, weights, rolls and other equipment. Many of our Physiotherapists have a special interest in Clinical Pilates and have completed post-graduate courses in Pilates studies.