Top 5 Ways Pilates Can Help With Upper Body Injuries

You’ve probably heard of pilates, one of the fastest-growing exercise trends in the world. You probably also think of it as the thing moms do to get out of the house and spend time with their friends. While this is true, there is so much more to pilates than its reputation may have you believe.

Pilates is an incredibly effective strength- and agility-enhancing exercise that allows you to focus on improving your core strength, flexibility, and overall range of motion. In addition to being good for you and helping to prevent injury, pilates has started growing in the injury rehabilitation industry.

In fact, major athletes such as Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, and Lebron James swear by pilates as a way to improve their physical fitness and bounce back from injuries. For those of us who aren’t olympic-level athletes, pilates still offers a low-impact, variable workout for people with different ability levels.

Because of this, pilates is a great workout option if you have been injured. After an initial evaluation, Keith Chan, our Trained Specialist, or Beth Simoes, our Certified Instructor, will develop a personalized pilates program specific to your needs. Our goal is to focus on several key factors in improving your health and repairing your injuries.

Core Strength

Your core is the center of your body and consists of the muscles along your spine, as well as your abdominal muscles. Pilates programs help to repair injuries and prevent new ones by stabilizing your muscular system and increasing mobility.

During your therapy, your Physical Therapist works to strengthen your core, which allows you to properly align your body and create proper movement patterns. Increasing your core strength helps to prevent further aggravation of existing injuries in addition to minimizing new injury risks.

Body Control

We see so many injuries that are simply caused by not knowing how and when to move your body during sports, workouts, and more. Pilates rehabilitation programs teaches you how to move your body in ways that minimize the risk of further injury. Under your Physical Therapist’s guide, you’ll learn to control your body and muscles without using awkward movements that may set back your rehabilitation.

Muscle Imbalance

“Somebody skipped leg day” is more than just a saying. Working some muscles more than others can severely increase your risk of injury in lesser-worked muscles. Muscle imbalance can be caused by even the most mundane of daily activities.

Poor posture, awkward gaites, and uneven workouts are all factors. If your muscles are poorly balanced, one of our main focuses will be to balance them, healing your injuries and preventing new ones.

Increased Flexibility

Pilates rehabilitation programs help to increase flexibility in the muscles, allowing them to stretch more without injury. As your muscles grow stronger and more flexible, their ability to move without injury increases. This is especially a great option if you have a history of straining or pulling muscles that are too tight.


Bodies that are already injured are more susceptible to further injury. In order to heal, we need to ensure that your existing injuries get the treatment they require. We’ll focus on everything outlined in this blog and then some, treating your existing injuries, strengthening your body, and preventing new injures in your future.

Injuries are painful, but they don’t have to be permanent! If you are currently injured or have a history of injury and want to prevent new and recurring injuries, come see our Physical Therapists at our Central Park South or Upper East Side locations for a consultation. With the proper rehabilitation routine, we can get your body back to its best condition!

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