How Does Pilates Help With Injuries?

Pilates offers far more than exercise for lycra-clad women at the gym or dancers looking to develop long lines. It can help you rehab from injuries that wreak havoc on your everyday function. Injuries can often be a result of muscle imbalances that occur through the way you move -- whether that involves your posture, lifting technique, sleeping positions, working out with poor form, or bending awkwardly.

If you’ve already experienced injury, Pilates can help you retrain your body to move in better alignment. This can correct imbalances that caused your injury in the first place. Pilates has other benefits when you’re healing from injury that include concentration, core strength, control, and breathing techniques. More info on each of the benefits is outlined below.

Stronger core

Pilates exercises put an emphasis on training the core, which encompasses the whole of your trunk, including the primary and stabilizing muscles of the abdominals and back. These muscles form the very axis of your body. When they’re strong, you’re better able to carry yourself efficiently and effectively through daily function.

A strong core helps you have better pelvic and spinal alignment, which supports your entire kinetic chain -- from your head to your toes -- so your body works as it should. Not only does this discourage strains, pulls, tears, and sprains, it can help you heal from them, too.

Better range of motion

Following an injury, your movement is often compromised because of pain, scar tissue, or immobilization treatment. This means you can’t move like you should or want. Pilates can help you regain your natural range of motion. Exercises are presented at a level appropriate for your phase of healing, and they increase in difficulty as you become stronger and closer to where you want to be.

Proper breathing

Never underestimate the power of your breathing in healing. Pilates teaches you how to consciously breathe through each movement and avoid holding your breath. When you can breathe into injured areas, you increase circulation and relieve pressure points. Breathing with a Pilates breath can also help you work through uncomfortable rehabilitation exercises so you get maximum benefits.

Better body awareness

Having good mind-body awareness not only protects you from injury, it helps you heal. You’re better able to detect misalignments, tightness, or movement patterns that feel off. That helps you assess how you’re healing, and where you might be delaying healing by compensating in other areas.


One of the core principles of Pilates training is concentration. You focus on feeling muscles work and engaging them precisely as you perform the exercises. Apply this concentration to rehabilitation exercises to heal faster and more effectively.

Improved flexibility

Pilates exercises can help you build greater flexibility, something many traditional rehab exercises don’t necessarily do. Almost every Pilates exercise includes a stretching and strengthening component. This helps resolve overly tight muscles that impede recovery.

Enhanced control

Pilates exercises teach you how to control your movements better, which can protect areas that are vulnerable due to injury. When you know how to brace your core to manage your movement, you feel less unstable and may be willing to explore greater ranges of motion during rehabilitation.

To learn more about how Pilates and physical therapy are the perfect combination to help you heal from physical injury, call In Touch NYC Physical Therapy today or click the button to book an appointment online.

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