What is Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is a form of exercise developed by physiotherapists, which has been modified from the traditional version of Pilates to provide a highly individualized and injury/condition specific form of therapeutic exercise.


Clinical Pilates is a powerful tool used to aid in the rehabilitation and prevention of spinal and other musculoskeletal injuries or conditions. All client’s receive an individualized Clinical Pilates program by their physiotherapist, guided by their comprehensive understanding of the mechanism and pathology of the musculoskeletal or neurological injury.


All Clinical Pilates sessions involve the use of a special spring-loaded piece of Pilates equipment called a reformer. Clients will also be given floor based exercises which they can continue at home.

Who can benefit from Clinical Pilates?

All ages and abilities can benefit from Clinical Pilates. Clinical Pilates is effective in improving fitness and functional or sporting ability.  It assists in injury prevention and rehabilitation, helps with balance and coordination, and can increase muscle strength, flexibility and tone. Clinical Pilates can be particularly effective in the rehabilitation of:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Hip pain
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Sporting injuries
  • Pelvic pain/hip conditions
  • Pre/postnatal Conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Neurological conditions
  • Pre and post surgery (prehab and rehab)
  • Knee and hip replacement surgery preparation/prevention and rehabilitation

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Is Clinical Pilates suitable during and after pregnancy?

Yes! We love doing Clinical Pilates with our perinatal and postnatal clients. It is gentle and low impact and because we offer a 1:1 service, each client has a personalised session as every session will be tailored to suit whatever is going on at the time. A lot changes quickly during pregnancy and knowing when to stop exercising laying flat or when to stop exercises through a single leg is important and safest in the hands of a Women’s Pelvic Health trained Physiotherapist.

If you would like some more information, or think that Clinical Pilates may be able to help you or someone you know? Please chat to us at your next appointment, send us a message or give us a call! We’d love to help show you the benefits of this wonderful rehab tool! 


Senior Physiotherapist 

FNQ Health Co. 

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