Pilates for Injury Recovery

Joseph Pilates invented and designed a number of pieces of equipment which he referred to as 'apparatus'. Many of his pieces were designed on everyday household objects, The Reformer is one of the most famous and popular pieces of equipment which was based on an old bed frame and springs.  The pulleys and springs provide resistance which can be used to make the exercises easier or harder and can be tailored to the client's individual needs and abilities.



In addition to the reformer we are also pleased to offer the opportunity for our client's to experience The Ladder Barrel, The Chair, The Spine Corrector and The Tower from our intimate studio in Sidcup.  The Ladder Barrel is the only piece of equipment that has no springs or moving parts and is inspired on an empty beer keg.  As the name suggests, it's constructed of a small ladder and a barrel which is padded to provide comfort and support for the spine creating a beautiful equality of movement.  The Pilates Chair is one of the smallest pieces of equipment, consisting of a seat and pedal, which springs are attached to, it is thought Joseph designed this as a compact piece of equipment that could fit into a friend's New York apartment.  The Spine Corrector is a smaller and more compact version of the ladder barrel, the curve is less pronounced than the ladder barrel which makes it an ideal piece of equipment for a beginner to Pilates. The Tower is one of my favourite pieces of equipment, using springs and a push through bar attached to a metal tower, it provides a great sense of stability and support whilst moving. 


It's very hard to put into words how incredible and unique the experience of using each piece of pilates equipment is until you have tried it for yourself!  With our expert tuition and guidance we look forward to sharing it with you.

Frequently asked questions

Does Pilates Help With Injuries?

Pilates addresses muscular balances, which can often be the cause of injuries. Our Pilates equipment at our studio in Sidcup, offers your body the support it needs during the initial recovery of your injury. This ensures you can work safely and quickly improve your recovery as you are guided by our highly experienced instructor.

How Long Do You Need To Do Pilates Before You See Results?

With any exercise rehabilitation programme, it takes time to build up strength and improve mobility of the affected area. Depending on the injury, results can be experienced instantly, and not just from a physical aspect but mentally. Often clients feel more in control when they know how they can help themselves recover. If the injury is a low level strain then results can be seen within a few weeks. The more severe the injury the longer it will take to heal. Pilates teaches you body awareness and alignment and if clients perform their home care exercises this recovery period can greatly improve.

Is It OK To Workout With An Injury?

If you are injured it is imperative that you seek advice from a medical professional in the first instance. Before we develop a Pilates recovery programme we will provide a full consultation to ensure you do not make your injury worse and to prescribe the right pilates exercises to improve your recovery time.

Is Pilates Good For Muscle Recovery?

Pilates creates flow and movement through the body, improving muscular balance and alignment, this helps increase mobility of the joints which improves muscle strength. Pilates is a low impact exercise which is ideal for muscle recovery and with the right pilates exercises can really improve the ability of the body to heal itself.

Can You Do Pilates With A Sprained Ankle?

Pilates can help you recover from a sprained ankle, this depends on a number of factors, such as how recent the injury is, if you’ve received medical attention and the degree of the sprain. So often injuries are caused by other factors that clients are often unaware of this, and this is where we can help educate and work with you to prevent these injuries from happening in the future.

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