At Apex, we implement Pilates into essentially every plan of care to teach patients proper muscle activation within their core or “power house”. The most important thing to remember is that the core comprises the muscles throughout the mid-section of your body, not just the abdominals. They include the muscles of the pelvis, flank (from armpit to hip bone), back, spine and hips. Core strengthening is vital in the treatment of chronic low back pain as well as to facilitate normal movement patterns within the body. This is especially important for competitive athletes who strive to exhibit efficiency of movement and top performance.
Pilates is for everyone, from young to elderly, sedentary to athletic. It is for pregnant woman and those seeking rehabilitation from injuries. It was developed in the 1920’s by Joseph H. Pilates and is comprised of a system of exercises using Reformers as well mat exercises to promote length, strength, flexibility and balance. Pilates is possible for anyone at any level of fitness, from post-operative patients to high level athletes.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
-Increases strength, flexibility, agility, coordination and balance
-Improves posture and alignment
-Heightens body awareness
-Improves body control
-Teaches correct muscle activation
Is Pilates covered by Insurance?
Pilates is covered by insurance if it is being incorporated into a patient’s plan of care for rehabilitation of an injury. Doctors and chiropractors frequently prescribe Pilates for patients with spinal injuries and low back pain. We also offer progressive maintenance programs for continued one-on-one supervision with a physical therapist. Punch passes are available at discounted prices.
What is a Pilates Reformer?
A Reformer is the most widely used Pilates machine comprised of a spring and pulley system. It offers finely tuned resistive exercises that function to lengthen your muscles and create balance in the body.