A Pilates Therapist has a sound background and understanding of the Pilates Method. On top of this, they are able to use objective screens that are used by many other professions such as physiotherapy, osteopathy and sports therapy.
They have a deeper understanding of joint surface anatomy, and how one bone influences another. They are able to assess the nervous system objectively, and identify what drives issues.
Once issues are identified, they have many skills at their fingertips such as nerve glides, neurodynamics, trigger point, massage, muscle energy techniques and kinesiotaping. All of which can assist in improving movement and making their Pilates more effective.
Bridging the Gap…
It’s time Pilates teachers have an opportunity to enhance their skill set to better bridge the gap with the therapists who are often sending their patients to Pilates for corrective exercise.
Pilates Therapists do not diagnose, nor suggest that they replace Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic treatment or medical treatment of any kind. However, they do have additional skills equipping them to support these practitioners when they are ready to refer them on for Pilates practice.