Clinical Pilates is a unique way to experience movement therapy with a physiotherapist who is able to combine Pilates principles with knowledge of anatomy, injury rehabilitation and prevention. Anita Lambert, Registered Physiotherapist, Certified Pilates Instructor has been incorporating Pilates rehab into her physiotherapy sessions over the past 9 years.
The added bonus of working with a physiotherapist for clinical
Pilates is that traditional physiotherapy techniques including
myofascial release, manual therapy, acupuncture/dry needing
and pelvic floor physiotherapy can also be included in each session.
Common conditions treated with clinical pilates/physiotherapy
Sports injuries/return to sport
Dance injuries/return to dance
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation)
Pelvic Girdle Pain
Pubic Symphysis Pain
Low Back Pain, Sciatica
Musculoskeletal Injuries (neck, shoulders, knees, ankles, etc)
Helping to provide a comfortable pregnancy
Preparing your body for birth
Helping with an efficient postpartum recovery.
Assessment (70 minutes):
A comprehensive physiotherapy assessment is required prior to clinical Pilates sessions. This will include a discussion of your medical/injury/birth history – as well as health goals and if pregnant – preferences for your upcoming birth.
Anita will observe your posture plus various movements and tests looking at joint mobility, muscle tension, core strength (which may including an internal pelvic floor assessment).
A carefully designed Pilates program will be put together for you which may focus on core strengthening, muscle tension release, postural work and joint mobility. Your program always focuses on your health goals which may include a comfortable pregnancy, preparing for birth or an efficient postpartum recovery.
Clinical Pilates Sessions (40 min or 60 min):
At Holistic Health Physiotherapy, you will be working with Anita one-on-one which may include Pilates mat work, reformer work, small props including physio ball, rotation discs, foam roller, Pilates ring and weights. A home program will be created to mimic parts of your in clinic session to continue your progress.
** Sessions may also include hands on therapy including pelvic health, manual therapy, myofascial release, acupuncture/dry needling.
Length of sessions will be discussed at your assessment and will depend on your goals.
Similar to all physiotherapy sessions at Holistic Health Physiotherapy, an emailed invoice will be provided after your session upon payment which can be submitted to your extended health insurance company under physiotherapy benefits. A doctor's referral is needed only if your insurance company requires it. Please check with your insurance for details.