Scott Dunne is a physiotherapist and pilates instructor currently practising in Athlete's Care, Toronto's Adelaide and York location. He has helped a few of my current clients find relief for their injuries and the ability to maximize their training without such limitations.
Here are his words on the benefit of physiotherapy and pilates:
Have you ever noticed that people who are really good at something make that activity look really easy? The balance, the athletic ability and the fluidity of movement in those people is quite remarkable. It’s all about moving the body efficiently. As a physiotherapist and Pilates instructor, coaching people to move better is part of my daily life. Whether someone needs to improve the way they throw a ball, swing a tennis racket, dance the night away or simply get in and out of a car, both disciplines of physiotherapy and pilates have tremendous overlap. Using them together has been something that has taken my exercises coaching to the next level.
Pilates not only will train you to be stronger over time, but it also teaches you how to use the muscle strength you already have. This is done by increasing your own body awareness: where your muscles are and what it feels like when they are being used. Once you learn what your body is capable of and how to control it, you become much more efficient at movement. This allows you to rehabilitate a current injury and avoid future ones. The training is low impact and focuses on quality of movement over quantity of repetitions or length of hold. With regular training, just within a few weeks, you will notice an improvement in your sitting, standing and walking posture. In addition to improving function in everyday life, Pilates can benefit sport specific needs for recreational to elite level athletes.
For people of all levels of fitness and abilities, physiotherapy is commonly referred to as a means of helping people recover from injury. Although that is completely true, physiotherapy is also coaching body awareness and correcting movement patterns. Not discounting the value of manual therapy, acupuncture, and electrical treatment modalities, exercise is arguably the most important treatment used by physiotherapists. As a physiotherapist who is also a certified Pilates instructor, there is huge overlap between the two disciplines; correct conscious movement over time will turn into correct subconscious movement. After receiving a physiotherapy treatment in the clinic, the prescribed exercises allow the treatment benefits to be maintained. This is true for those overcoming an injury to full pain free daily living, to an athlete who wants to improve their performance on the court or field.
Whether it’s prescribed pilates exercises, physio exercise, or both combined, they are two disciplines that yield incredible results for people of all athletic abilities.