What Is Pilates? Is It Right for Me If I Have a Health Problem?

What Is Pilates?

Pilates (pronounced puh-lah-teez and not pie-lates) is similar to yoga but focuses on the core of your body – the abdomen, the obliques, the lower back, the inner and outer thighs, the buttocks, etc. For this reason, clinical Pilates classes Adelaide are conducted with the primary aim to develop strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, balance and good posture among their students – with a much lower risk of injury than with other forms of exercise. The discipline focuses on correct form instead of going for the burn. With so many variations and progressions of training, you may have trouble getting bored with Pilates.

Pilates movements require that you engage your entire body. You can sometimes try to strengthen one muscle while stretching another. The moves take a lot of concentration and then, for each action that you think you have mastered, Pilates offers another version that is a little different and even a little harder.


Is it right for me if I have a health problem?


You can adapt Pilates to your condition, making it a great addition to your aerobic training, even if you have health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol. Check first with your doctor.


If you have diabetes, you may need to make changes to your diabetes treatment plan, because adding muscle mass helps your body assimilate and make better use of glucose. Your doctor can tell you what changes you need to make. Tell your instructor that you have diabetes, especially if you have complications such as diabetic retinopathy. You may need to avoid some Pilates movements.


If you have arthritis, a strength training program such as Pilates is a vital part of your exercise program. Research shows that a combination of aerobics and strength training can help reduce symptoms, maintain balance and joint flexibility. If you already have arthritis, it can also help strengthen the muscles around your joints to give them the ability to bear the additional weight or pressure. Doing so will avoid increased disability and even decrease the pain and swelling that generally accompanies arthritis.


If you recently had a back or knee injury, wait until your doctor gives you a go-signal to do the routines.


Ask your doctor if Pilates would be the right choice if you have chronic lower back pain. It will help strengthen weak core muscles that add to your pain.


As always, if you are pregnant, consult your doctor.  There are also special Pilates programs for pregnant women that you can try.



For the best results, be sure to sign-up for clinical Pilates classes Adelaide. You will be working with a team of professionals who are proud of their commitment to your health and well-being and will work with you to attain your goals of mobility and wellness. They have several years of experience working with people with lower back pain.