Physical Therapy or Pilates?
Are unsure whether you or your student needs physical therapy or pilates sessions?
Physical therapy is appropriate post surgery, for acute or recent pain, and if a diagnosis is needed.
“Recently I had a student with reoccurring shoulder and arm pain,” shares Kristin Carey, a certified teacher from Woodland Hills, California. ”We thought rotator cuff, we thought a rib was out, we thought bone spurs since she had that problem before in her back. Things were happening that were causing her more and more discomfort. It became chronic and worse. Her doctor ordered a chest x-ray and that showed nothing. It wasn’t until she was sent to a physical therapist to be treated we found out the source of the problem- it was adhesions, scar tissues from breast surgery-and then we knew how to work with her.”
If the problem is chronic, like sciatica or stiff lower back, then Pilates with its proper alignment, working with gravity, and teaching proper movement would be more appropriate.
Your PT, whether those initials stand for your Physical Therapist or your Pilates Teacher, is the “Other” who gives you a plan, a progression, re-educates you, stimulates, organizes and strengthens your body and, more importantly, and in my case, the confused, unsure mind.
Both Pilates teachers and physical therapists give you confidence when you don’t have the experience.
“Where there is a will, there is a way.” If you don’t have a will or know the way, they do with a schedule of healing, structure, and experience.
The goal of physical therapy is to return the body to function.
The goal of Joe Pilates is the “attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”
Which one should you do? “To every thing there is a season….” and if your bones and joints are broken, swollen, or non-functional, it’s time for physical therapy, if you’re months into the healing process, it’s time to move healthier.
Pilates and physical therapy have moved in together therapists have found new exercises, on new equipment. They even make up their own exercises based on understanding the springs of the Pilates apparatus. The future of the health care industry might effect how many people have insurance pay for their pilates sessions.There could be a lot of businesses downscaling space, and Pilates equipment does take up a lot, and is expensive. But then, that used equipment doesn’t stay empty long and gets resold and helps someone at home, or a teacher who cant afford to buy new equipment.
Pilates has made an impact in a large percentage of the therapy world and can evolve where money is not an issue and there are funds, such as in professional sports, entertainment, and even our returning, injured soldiers, where the two can expand into an even bigger vision.
Physical therapy has made its impact financially in filling the accounts receivables of the Pilates industry, and influencing the direction of many manufacturers and training programs. Hopefully Joe Pilates original equipment, and work, with its
Author’s note:Six months after my accident I am just able to return to the Reformer and do my basic footwork. The doctors have drilled and stapled my bones and ligaments
together, the physical therapists have massaged, ultra sounded, electrified and supported my joints, tendons and muscles, and now, with Pilates, I am ready to pick up some speed and “Return to Life.”