Pilates is a form of exercise formulated by Joseph Pilates more than ninety years ago. Since its inception, the exercises have progressed to encompass more scientific knowledge about musculoskeletal health. It focuses on the use of your ‘core muscles’ using various apparatus and whole body movements. Pilates is sometimes referred to as core stability retraining.

The 'core unit' is a set of muscles that form a moveable cylindrical support system for the lower back and pelvis. The muscles that comprise the core unit are the transversus abdominis, diaphragm, multifidus and pelvic floor.

Core stability retraining refers to the specific training and exercise of these muscles to produce strong and coordinated pain free movement



Why do core stability retraining?

Recent studies have shown that core stability retraining is effective in the management and treatment of many conditions that relate to human movement as well improve one's overall strength. It works by teaching coordinated activation and sequencing of the correct muscles during movement whether it be sport or simple daily activities, such as bending forward. Many musculoskeletal injuries and conditions are often as a consequence of poor movement patterns that may have been as a result of trauma, pregnancy, incorrect biomechanics, increase in training demands or over working particularly in sedentary positions.

Exercising the core unit specifically and effectively gives the body a strong foundation to move, thereby improving overall movement patterns and reducing musculoskeletal symptoms.


What conditions are appropriate for core stability retraining?
Core stability retraining is appropriate for everyone who wants to move well. More specifically, core stability retraining can be used for the following:
  • Improving posture
  • Pelvic floor retraining
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Addressing biomechanical issues
  • Increasing muscle tone & strength
  • Addressing muscular imbalances
  • Reducing lower back pain
  • Pregnancy related musculoskeletal issues
  • Eliminating chronic muscular strains
  • Reducing spinal pain
  • Managing lumbo-pelvic related pain
  • Enhancing sports performance
  • Injury management & prevention
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