The pilates method is a form of physical exercise developed by Joseph Pilates during the early 20th century in Germany. One type of pilates that is in conjunction with physiotherapy is called clinical pilates. It focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing as a means of treating a variety of injuries, particularly those of the neck and back.

Recent research advocates the strengthening of the deep stabilising muscles in patients with low back pain. Clinical pilates focuses on these muscles (core stability) as well as improving posture, strength and flexibility. Studies demonstrate strong evidence to support the use of therapeutic exercise in the management of patients with injuries, particularly low back pain.

Pilates needs to be specific to the individual to be beneficial for patients with certain injuries, and not used as a generic tool for everyone. Clinical pilates, which differs from generic pilates classes, identifies key issues by applying carefully selected exercises to patients with specific injuries to optimise gains while significantly reducing the likelihood of injury aggravation. It is essential to have a review with a physiotherapist to assess the suitability of a core stability program for you, should you intend to commence pilates for your injury.

How is clinical pilates different from the standard pilates?

Clinical pilates is different to standard pilates in that the patient is individually assessed by a physiotherapist, and then given exercises that specifically target their problem areas. The physiotherapist closely supervises the client’s technique, and grades the exercises so that injuries are prevented. Some physiotherapists may use real time ultrasound feedback in order to help with training the core stability muscles. Most health funds will recognise clinical pilates as a physiotherapy intervention, so rebates may apply.

How will you benefit from clinical pilates?

Clinical pilates exercises offer numerous benefits, which include:

  • Improved posture and core stability
  • Increased muscular strength and flexibility
  • Prevention of injuries
  • Aiding rehabilitation
  • Restoration of normal movement patterns
  • Enhanced breathing control
  • Increased co-ordination and muscular control
  • Firmer and flatter stomach muscles
  • Improved overall body tone and fitness
  • Improved balance

Clinical pilates is based on a theory that demonstrates firm evidence that explain the use of therapeutic exercise in order to help you recover from injuries. When you are suffering from low back pain for example, clinical pilates will help the body retain the deep stabilising muscles, and go a step further to promote flexibility, posture, strength, and thus alienating the ache.

What type of patient are suitable for clinical pilates?

Clinical pilates is suitable for people that have musculoskeletal pain or injury. It is particularly appropriate if the symptoms are recurrent or chronic, or if there are motor control problems. It can also help with post-surgical strengthening, such as in the lower back, sacroiliac joint, hip, shoulder, and neck.

In pre-natal and post-natal women, clinical pilates is used to increase pelvic floor strength and control, for prevention and relief of lower back and pelvic pain, and for body reshaping and toning.

People that have postural problems find that clinical pilates is helpful as it allows them to develop awareness of their body, as well as increasing their strength and flexibility. Clinical pilates is also great for people that want to increase their muscle strength, flexibility, and tone.

Though this type of physical exercise can be incredibly beneficial to patients suffering from injuries, it is important to note that the exercise is usually administered to a specific individual. Simply put, clinical pilates is not a generic tool for everyone who has an injury. It uses carefully selected exercises to identify the primary problem and heal the pain.

This ensures that the patient derives maximum benefits while reducing the chances of aggravating the injury. Therefore, if you would like to commence pilates to alleviate your injury, you should start by visiting a physiotherapist who will assess the suitability of the program for your situation.

How long are the sessions for clinical pilates?

A full assessment usually takes about 1 hour to identify any problems or potential problems. In normal cases, the regular session will take a 30 minute duration. The session includes initial assessment, follow-up consultation, and actual exercise.

Clinical pilates is designed as a “stepping stone” for people to return from pain or injury to the gym, or their normal exercise routine. Many people find they enjoy and benefit from clinical pilates such that they choose to continue indefinitely. Speak to your physiotherapist for more information about the expected time frame for your recovery.

How is clinical pilates different from yoga?

Pilates and yoga can complement each other well, yet they are not the same thing nor do they yield the same results. One of the main differences is that clinical pilates and yoga practice have very different aims. Clinical pilates is more specifically targeted at rehabilitation from injury, reducing pain and preventing future injury.

In yoga, there is no explicit focus on rehabilitation from injury and yoga instructors do no receive any specific training for therapeutic work. Yoga is more about greater connection with the body, holding poses, stretching and concentrating on perfecting similar or repeated movements through mind-body awareness.

Pilates Classes:

Point Cook Physiotherapist offers Pilates classes throughout the week during the day or evening sessions. All our classes are conducted by qualified physiotherapists to enhance your workout especially if you are injured.

We use a variety of Pilates equipment in our fully equipped Pilates Studio.

Our studio is enclosed and offers privacy for its participants rather than being in a large open gym setting.

Each participant must have a one hour Pilates assessment with our highly trained Pilates physiotherapist.

In this assessment you can discuss your goals, injuries etc.

The Pilates physiotherapist will then introduce you to the principles of Pilates:


  • Breathing
  • Activation of your “core” muscles
  • Movement – spinal articulation/ alignment, movement integration

The Pilates trained physiotherapist then structure a personalised program to meet your goals.

We also offer Saturday classes and child friendly sessions.

Classes are kept to 6 to a class to enable each participant to be monitored closely by the therapist. Your personalised program can be modified and progressed according to maximise your movement.

Classes may be claimable through Private Health Insurance (under Extras. Health insurance Code 560 )

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Private Pilates Sessions:

If a class setting is not for you, why not have one to one sessions with our qualified Clinical Pilates trained physiotherapist. We have reformers , trapeze table, combo chair and spine correctors  which are used in Pilates to strengthen your body core stabilisers, which are the deep back and stomach muscles.

The equipment is useful for:

  • Back and neck problems
  • Sporting injuries
  • Strengthening your whole body
  • Getting back into exercise in a gentle way
  • Exercising during and after pregnancy
  • Exercise in a class setting or a private session with one of our highly trained Pilates physiotherapist.

An initial session with a physiotherapist to assess your needs is required. The physiotherapist will then tailor a program to best suit your needs.