Wellness Solutions utilizes the following Pilates equipment during physical therapy (when appropriate) to help with core stabilization, strengthening, and flexibility:
Invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates, the reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs that provide differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame.
At one the end of the reformer, there is an adjustable bar called a footbar, which can be used by the feet or hands, and at the other end, there are long straps that can be pulled with legs or arms. Bodyweight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move.
Exercises can be done in a multitude of positions: lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, etc. All exercises are done on the reformer to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance. The reformer is large enough to accommodate full-range motion, which is paramount for increasing flexibility while building strength. Using it alone can provide a complete body workout.
Developed by a physical therapist, CoreAlign encourages the body to function and heal through movements that are anatomically balanced. CoreAlign exercises are designed to create harmony between controlled stability and dynamic mobility, resulting in a stronger, healthier body.
The CoreAlign method stimulates your core stability muscles to fire in perfect timing while performing functional exercises, deep stretches, and core-controlled aerobic training. The method is used for musculoskeletal rehabilitation, performance enhancement and general conditioning for overall wellness.
The CoreAlign frame encloses two tracks and carts, which move independently with smooth resistance (or assistance). The resistance is created by six elastic tubes on each cart.
Originally devised by Joseph Pilates to rehabilitate bedridden patients, the Cadillac looks like a tabletop surrounded by four poles. A variety of bars, straps, and push and pull levers are attached to the poles that frame the table. More than 80 different exercises that work the core muscles, help develop flexibility, strengthen the back and shoulders, and stretch the entire body can be performed. The Cadillac can offer more movement possibilities for the body than the reformer.
The Pilates Ladder Barrel is ideal for core strength and flexibility exercises. It combines ladder rungs with a barrel surface for stretching, strengthening, and flexibility exercises. The barrel connects to the ladder by a sliding base that adjusts to accommodate different torso sizes and leg lengths.
Wood Combo Chair
The Pilates Wood Combo Chair is the ultimate for space-saving Pilates. It’s designed to stretch and strengthen muscle groups not easily reached by more traditional techniques and equipment. The Combo Chair from Balanced Body evolved from Joseph Pilates’ original Wunda Chair. The padded split pedal allows exercises that use the rotational and reciprocal movement of the extremities.
If you are interested in how Pilates can help in your rehabilitation, contact Wellness Solutions today.