About Pilates for Rehab
Moving into body awareness for rehab and beyond.
By using the top of the line Pilates equipment our physical therapist can customize a whole body assessment and plan for you to meet your rehabilitation and fitness goals.
Some common benefits of Pilates for rehab and fitness goals:
- Develop a strong core to stabilize the spine while moving efficiently and minimizing the stress to healing tissues
- Maximize strength of whole body while increasing flexibility and motor control
- Prevent and heal injuries
- Recover from injuries faster
- Correct muscle imbalances
- Improve posture
- Improve alignment of spine and extremities
- Learn how to breathe to make movement easier and more stable
- Maximize awareness of how to move well
Please contact your insurance company prior to making your appointment to verify your coverage and referral requirements regarding physical therapy benefits.
- 1 hour Physical Therapy Evaluation with a focus on core strength and injury management
- Customized program for injury treatment and recovery with core exercises as the foundation
- Private 1-1 Core Training 45 minutes sessions (covered by most insurance with PT evaluation as above)
- Individualized program for home that will provide carryover from equipment and mat work in the clinic
Holly Barber, MPT, is a physical therapist at the University Orthopaedic Center. She founded and directs the Pilates Rehab Clinic at UOC. Holly graduated from the University of Utah Physical Therapy Program in 2003 and has advanced her training from Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation and Fitness Track. She is passionate about Pilates as a holistic modality and its benefits of addressing proper alignment and core strength to move easier and treat a wide variety of injuries, keeping any body moving well in life. She publishes a monthly newsletter called Core News to educate and inform the public about maximizing health and core awareness. Holly loves traveling, triathlons, and eating and living consciously.
How To Keep Your Joints Healthy
By Holly Barber, MPT
- Know your tight spots and what you need to improve for your specific needs so you can stretch with purpose after an easy warm up and after a workout.
- Improve and maintain your whole body strength to support the joints, especially the hips, shoulders, spine and knees.
- Improve your posture and alignment of your spine and extremities to decrease stress to all your joints.
- Balance higher impact activities with restorative movement (like Pilates or Yoga) to take the pressure off the joints.
- Learn how to swim or take up water walking or deep water classes to really relieve the pressure to the joints.
- Get a massage or learn how to use a foam roller to loosen up those tight muscles and relieve unnecessary pressure to the joints.
The Hamstring Arc and Releasing the Hips and Spine
- Lay on the mat on your back with both knees bent shoulder width apart.
- Draw your navel into the spine so that the low back is imprinted on the mat.
- Maintain this position.
- Slowly tuck your chin, looking down toward your navel as your breastbone slides toward your navel and the shoulder blades come off the mat.
- Hold here.
- Extend your legs straight and as you exhale pull one leg back and hold either behind the thigh or calf.
- Inhale hold.
- Exhale switch the legs as you maintain the spine imprinted on the mat.
- Repeat until hips feel stretched or core fatigues.
***Make sure you consult with a trusted health care professional before you begin or modify any new fitness regime. This information is intended for educational purposes only and to increase your body awareness.