Physical therapy meets pilates
Whether you’re treating an injury or just keeping healthy and strong, Kelly says Pilates is a great low-impact exercise that can be tailored to work for anyone. And she’s not the only PT who’s turning to this popular fitness practice.
“Everyone can benefit from doing Pilates,” says Catherine Kelly, a physical therapist at PRO Physical Therapy in Randolph (973.895.9925, proptnj.com) who uses the method with her patients. “Pilates puts a lot of focus on core strengthening, and that’s the foundation for everything else: Once the core is strong, many orthopedic problems can be solved.” Whether you’re treating an injury or just keeping healthy and strong, Kelly says Pilates is a great low-impact exercise that can be tailored to work for anyone. And she’s not the only PT who’s turning to this popular fitness practice. According to Jennifer Gamboa, a physical therapist and spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association, “in the last 10 years, the popularity of incorporating Pilates moves into physical therapy practices has really grown. It’s such a good match to help clients train their abs and protect their lower backs.”
- Want to get started? Kelly suggests the Scoop move to increase your
- core strength and alleviate lower back or hip pain:
- Lie flat on your back with both knees bent and your feet flat on the ground, knees and feet in line with your hips.
- Place the palm of your hand underneath your lower back.
- Tighten your abs and gently push your back down toward your hand, doing a small pelvic tilt movement.
- Hold for 10 seconds; breathe deeply and evenly.
- Relax and release for 30 seconds, then repeat 7‑8 times.
- Do it daily for best results.