Benefits of a Combined Approach of Physical Therapy and Pilates
Now that 2019 is upon us, it is time to reflect on what type of exercise that we did (or did not do in the past). Over the past year, have you progressed or regressed in your physical health? Do you struggle with performing functional activities? Are you aware of your weaknesses and any of your physical impairments that may be affecting your ability to perform functional activities? Do you struggle to walk up and down the stairs? Is it getting more difficult to get out of a low chair? Are you tripping or falling down? Are you frustrated with your current exercise routine and have not seen the benefits you were expecting? Does your current exercise program work the whole body? If you have impairments that are affecting your ability to function in everyday life or just looking for a better way to exercise as you age, I highly recommend finding a Physical Therapist trained in Pilates to help you back into exercising, safely.
Physical Therapists have extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of clients with impairments. They are excellent in prescribing the right type of therapeutic exercise for clients.
As both a Physical Therapist and also a Pilates trainer, I am able to use the client’s personal history and examination to determine the specific type of exercise program for the client.
One of the benefits of the Pilates method of exercise is that it is a whole body exercise program. Pilates incorporates (strength, coordination, balance, motor control, flexibility, breathing) into the exercises. This method allows the exercise program to be more successful for the client. I get to facilitate the client to integrate the whole body approach and movement into the exercise program. Not only does Pilates help strengthen muscles, but you will also gradually see improved flexibility, coordination, and breathing as you continue to exercise.
I hope you find some type of exercise program to start in 2019. If you are struggling to find the right type of exercise for you or you have impairments that affect your ability to exercise, I encourage you to contact a Physical Therapist through the APTA, a Physical Therapist certified in Pilates through the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), or trained through Polestar Pilates.
If you are struggling to find the right type of exercise for you, contact me or another Physical Therapist with Pilates training through the APTA, Polestar Pilates or the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).
Patricia Oys PT, DPT, MSPT, CEEAA, PMA ® -CPT
Owner of Therapeutic Pilates
Patricia Oys received her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of MN, her MS PT from the University of Indianapolis and her transitional doctorate degree from St. Scholastica. She has extensive training in Pilates with both classical and rehab training. She is certified in Pilates through the Pilates Method Alliance
She is passionate about helping people develop the right type of exercise program for them. In her leisure time, she loves running, Pilates, gardening and spending time with her family.