Pilates Rehabilitation

Do you have any injuries?

We help people overcome various injuries with Pilates rehabilitation exercise. Our instructors at Core Kensington focus on restoring efficient movement patterns and improving function, rather than treating the pain. We do this by identifying the contributing factors and addressing any biomechanical compensatory patterns that correlate with pain and pathology. We follow a systematic movement based approach to neuromuscular re-education.
Our instructors are trained to observe and understand optimal and non-optimal movement strategies, and how these strategies correlate with pain and pathology.
In addition, our resident osteopath can diagnose, treat and provide you with an exercise programme to help you overcome your pain.

Who are we?

Under the supervision of a registered osteopath and STOTT PILATES® rehabilitation specialist, we offer personal training and group classes for injury rehabilitation. In addition, all instructors are fully certified and trained in injuries and special populations.

We treat and train people from all ages and variety of injuries ranging from spinal injuries, shoulder and hip issues and many special populations.

STOTT PILATES® Education connotes high-caliber training, thorough expertise and a safe, scientific approach – Content© Merrithew Corporation, used with permission.

Pilates exercise is available for people of all ages, abilities and walks of life.

Pilates for back pain

Spinal rehabilitation strategies widely advocate improved abdominal muscular recruitment and better movement patterns. Certainly, in order to reduce and prevent further episodes of low back pain.

The objective of spinal rehabilitation with Pilates exercise is to stabilise the give and move the restriction. Firstly, by stabilising weak and hyper-mobile spinal segments and  mobilising restricted segments, better movement patterns can be achieved. In addition, it is thought that improved overall spinal mobility may help reduce pressure on hyper-mobile segments. Similarly, improving the freedom of movement overall for a healthy spine, just as in the links of a bicycle chain.

In summary, Pilates exercises are generally encouraged during spinal rehabilitation for back pain. Exercises in Pilates are known to be “core-centric”. In other words, the emphasis primarily on recruiting the core, then working towards the periphery. The result is more efficient abdominal recruitment patterns, increased spinal stability and stronger and thicker musculature that is able to support the spine.

The evidence to our approach

Evidence-based research suggests that a core strengthening programme may be beneficial in reducing pain scores, functional disability and reoccurrence of acute low back pain episodes.
The ROYAL COLLEGE OF GENERAL PRACTITIONERS advise people with low back pain to exercise*

  • Consider offering a structured exercise programme tailored to the person:
  • This should comprise up to a maximum of eight sessions over a period of up to 12 weeks.
  • Offer a group supervised exercise programme, in a group of up to 10 people.
  • A one-to-one supervised exercise programme may be offered if a group programme is not suitable for a particular person.
  • Exercise programmes may include the following elements:
  • aerobic activity
  • movement instruction
  • muscle strengthening
  • postural control
  • stretching.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in the UK “NICE” guidelines for Low Back Pain recommend a group exercise programme (biomechanical, aerobic, mind–body or a combination of approaches) within the NHS for people with a specific episode or flare-up of low back pain with or without sciatica. This includes Pilates exercise.

If you are suffering from acute low back pain you must consult a medical specialist before starting any exercise programme.
Core Kensington offers osteopathic assessments prior to starting Pilates exercises for those participants who require a diagnosis before booking Pilates sessions.
*Low Back Pain: NICE full guideline (May 2009)

Why Pilates for spinal and peripheral joint rehabilitation?


A mind-body approach to rehabilitation is what sets Pilates apart from other forms of exercise is its. Learning to connect the mind through breath in order to control the body is a mindful approach to movement, often found in ancient movement disciplines.
Newer concepts of rehabilitation include dynamic stability coordination and neuromuscular control, all of which are paramount to Pilates exercise.
Pilates is widely recommended by medical professionals as one of the safest ways to get strong with low-impact on joints. To clarify, this form of exercise may be beneficial for just about everyone, regardless of age or ability.

Movement is life. Pilates is beautiful movement


It can be very debilitating going through life without being able to perform simple everyday life activities, such as tying your shoes, taking a shirt off, picking up something from the floor.  Due to injury or ageing, our bodies continuously undergo changes and often times movement quality and quantity declines. Similarly, as we age, our mobility decreases because our spine and other joints undergo rigidity.
Don’t let an injury or the ageing process stop you. Learn to move better and maintain your freedom of locomotion.
Discover the benefits of Pilates and learn to move better. Whether you’re an elite athlete or on your way to rehabilitation, Pilates exercise can challenge any level, any age and abilities.
We see clients with a variety of injuries including many conditions of the spine and peripheral joints (shoulders, wrists, knees), and our team is highly qualified. Hence, our clients often tell us how greatly they benefit from our Pilates rehabilitativ exercise.

What models do we follow for Pilates rehabilitation?


Specific stabilisation training has been demonstrated to reduce pain, disability and recurrence rates for numerous musculoskeletal conditions. First of all, we follow the STOTT PILATES approach to rehabilitation. This approach is based on reestablishing dynamic control of the local and global muscular systems and restoring dynamic balance of stability and mobility
Furthermore, an integrated Model of Function is used as a foundation for the clinical reasoning throughout our training. Likewise, local and global muscle facilitation is achieved through the use of specific STOTT PILATES exercises and equipment. Skilled motor training principles guide client/patient education, verbal cueing, imagery and palpation. Content© Merrithew Corporation, used with permission.

We offer Pilates rehabilitation one to one personal training for:
• Spinal and peripheral joint rehabilitation – Back Pain
• Scoliosis
• Postural construct
• Osteoporosis management
• Sports injuries
• Ante and post natal
• Pilates for life 50+
Exercise can make a profound difference in your health and provide you with a more evenly balanced and conditioned body. We strive to provide high-integrity solutions to help you fulfill your true potential.

Ante and Postnatal Pilates


If your doctor gives you the clear to exercise we can tailor Pilates workouts for you so that you are able to keep in shape during your pregnancy. Consequently, it will be easier to return to your prenatal shape after delivery if you have been keeping active during your pregnancy. Our work emphasises core stability, upper torso strength, thighs, arms, seat muscles, and keep your mobility and tone throughout your pregnancy.
As a result, you will be able to cope better with carrying the weight of your baby as he grows.y strengthening your arms shoulders, legs, and oblique abdominal muscles.

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