Clinical Pilates Rehabilitation

Clinical Pilates 

Mindful  Intelligent Whole-body Exercise

What is Clinical Pilates for Rehabilitation?

Clinical Pilates is based on an exercise method first developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920's. He was a nurse helping veterans recover from their injuries. He figured out that by adding springs to their beds they could continue to exercise despite limited abilities and mobility. 

Pilates is a system of exercises that improves core control, balance, spine mobility, posture, athleticism and strength. Pilates based exercise has been shown to be an effective treatment for many chronic conditions and injury rehabilitation.  It can be used in conjunction with other physical therapy modalities and exercise methods to reduce pain, improve mobility and increase function.   

Clinical Pilates Kinesiology sessions are supervised private appointments based on Pilates' original system , but with the addition of current knowledge in anatomy, neuromuscular physiology and rehabilitation.

Clinical Pilates Kinesiology programs are designed to help you recover from a specific injury or achieve greater freedom of movement while treating your body and mind as an integrated system.

" Movement is integral to life.  Mobility is our ability to comfortably move our joints through their entire range of motion with ease and without pain. Having greater mobility improves our quality of life and prevents injuries and disability. It impacts our freedom to work, to participate in recreational activities or to simple perform our daily activities."

Alfred Ball, Kinesiologist | Pilates Instructor | Fascial Stretch Therapist


What are the benefits of using the Pilates Reformer?

The Pilates Reformer and tower are pieces of exercise equipment with specialized built-in springs to assist with movement. These springs have a variety of tension levels that allow each exercise to be focused on strength or stability.  They also help to provide support and guidance during each exercise.   

The rehab Pilates Reformer has an elevated platform that makes it easier to transfer your body on and off it and a tower to assist with standing and other exercises.  Using the Pilates Reformer along with the accessories including the mat converter, box, straps and arc barrel, under the supervision and expertise of a Kinesiologist will empower you to move with greater ease.

Alfred's Experience Teaching Rehab Pilates

Alfred is a Kinesiologist with over 20 years of experience guiding and empowering people with injuries, chronic pain and chronic illnesses to restore movement so that they can lead more active lives.

He earned his STOTT Pilates Reformer and Mat certifications in 2006. Alfred has taught both group and private Pilates for several years.  His clients' goals included reducing lower-back pain, increase core strength and improving posture.  Alfred understand the impact Pilates can have. He is happy to be back teaching Pilates in Burnaby in an interdisciplinary environment.

Private Pilates appointments are available at Metrotown Orthopedic and Sports Physiotherapy.

What Types of Conditions Can Be Treated with Pilates?

Pilates rehabilitation can be used to help people with a variety of conditions or goals. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre and post joint replacement surgery (total knee, total hip or total shoulder)
  • Poor posture, chronic stiffness, lack of ease movement
  • People with chronic pain seeking a supported way to restore movement
  • Injury prevention - return to work or sport (tennis, running, cycling, hockey etc)
  • Lower-back and neck pain
  • Neuromuscular conditions such as Parkinson's
  • Sports rehab to restore joint stability, co-ordination and load transfer
  • Pre or post orthopedic surgery (meniscus tears, ACL repair, MCL, rotator cuff or other shoulder injuries)
  • Whiplash, lower-back and other injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision
  • Athletic injuries that are reoccurring due to previous movement compensations