Pilates: Integration into Therapeutic Practice

This introductory course is designed for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Certified Athletic Trainers and Chiropractors who have little or no experience with Pilates but have an interest in integrating this method into their orthopedic rehabilitation practice. Participants will learn how to use Pilates as therapeutic exercise with specific patient populations. Emphasis will be placed on core stabilization. Safe use of the equipment and basic Pilates principles will be taught; in addition, specific exercises from the BASI Pilates repertoire will be demonstrated and practiced. Indications and Contraindications for specific diagnoses and how these relate to the Pilates repertoire will be discussed. Tips on starting and running a successful Pilates-based business will also be shared. Upon completion of this course, participants will have the tools and skills to effectively integrate Pilates into any practice to meet therapeutic goals.

Course Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the Guiding Principles of Pilates and how these can be applied clinically to patients.
  • Discover the many benefits and advantages of using Pilates in a therapeutic environment.
  • Learn safe use the Pilates equipment (Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Mat) and how to modify for different patient populations and abilities. 
  • Perform basic Pilates exercises chosen from Pilates Exercise Protocols (created and utilized by physical therapists for over 16 years).
  • Identify how to effectively cue for proper activation of the core stabilization muscles.
  • Learn how to document and bill properly for maximum reimbursement.
  • Examine current clinical research on the effectiveness of Pilates in rehabilitation.
  • Discuss the basics of managing a Pilates-based business (e.g. cost of equipment, billing, training and education programs, hiring and retention).

*This course is pre-approved by the California Physical Therapy Association for 1.4 CEUs (CPTA #16-76) 

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Pilates: Integration into Therapeutic Practice Program Structure

  1. Day 1

    • Introduction of the Pilates Method (History, Philosophy, Guiding Principles)
    • The benefits of Pilates for therapeutic/rehabilitation purposes
    • Introduction to the Pilates Apparatus (Safety, Spring Resistance and Set-Up for Reformer, Cadillac, Chair) and the BASI Block System®
    • The Basics (Breathing technique, Neutral Spine/Neutral Pelvic position, Core Strength) Pilates Mat Exercises
    • Lumbar and Cervical Spine- Literature Review and Case Reports; functional anatomy and biomechanics review; indications and contraindications for specific lumbar pathologies
    • Pilates exercises from BASI Block System®, Lumbar Stabilization and Cervical Stabilization Physical Therapy Protocols
  2. Day 2

    • Scapular Stabilization- Literature Review and Case Reports; functional anatomy and biomechanics review of the shoulder complex; indications and contraindications for shoulder injuries
    • Pilates exercises from BASI Block System® and Scapular Stabilization Physical Therapy Protocol
    • Hip/Knee/Ankle- Literature Review and Case Reports; functional anatomy and biomechanics review; indications and contraindications of hip, knee, ankle injuries
    • Pilates exercises from BASI Block System® and Hip, Knee, Ankle Physical Therapy Protocols The Business of Pilates
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