Therapeutic Pilates

Are you more aware
of your pain than you are of your body?

Does it feel as if movement
is neither fluid nor aligned?

Would you like a stronger,
more controlled and balanced body?

If you have injury, pain or dysfunction of any neuromuscular or musculoskeletal system and are in the New York area, then there is one option that ranks above all others. An option that is not only on the cutting-edge of revolutionary advancements, but one that also understands the core fundamentals of time-tested techniques and individualized treatment plans.

in Manhattan

NY Dynamic Neuromuscular Rehabilitation’s physical therapy location offers a broad array of approaches, individualized therapy and world-renowned experience. Dr. Kalika, a protégé of Professor Vladimir Janda and the Czech School of Rehabilitation, is proficient in diagnostic imaging and ultrasound. Spine Magazine recognizes the Czech School of Rehabilitation as a 20th century world leader in the arena of rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Dr. Kalika therefore has years of experience in crafting his skills under the tutelage of the European leaders in rehabilitation, orthopedics and the treatment of back pain. Dr. Kalika now brings this expertise to New York to offer a wide range of treatments focused on functional restoration.

Exercise treatment is a key component of functional restoration, as Locomotor Dysfunction may be reversed when the whole nervous system is targeted by an array of manual treatments and therapeutic exercises. Included in the exercise program are core training for spinal posture and stability, core retraining, integration of senses, body awareness training, breathing focus and therapeutic exercises. Once pain is reduced, a variety of specific and individualized techniques taken from yoga and Pilates are introduced. The repetition of these exercise techniques are then utilized in training automatic, subconscious changes in the way we posture and move our bodies, thereby limiting pain and ingraining change so as to leave long-lasting improvements.

This therapy takes the tenets of Developmental Kinesiology and stimulates motor regulation reflexes in order to develop ideal patterns of movement. The patients are then conditioned to unconsciously activate these ideal movements through the use of exercise. Integral to this are exercises that focus on core, balance and movement in a way that fits perfectly with this philosophy.

This program focuses on the stability and balance of the deep spinal muscles. When these key muscles do not properly function in sync with one another, excess strain is placed on secondary muscles. This causes key points of overload on one’s spine, which creates trigger points for pain and various abnormalities that often lead to severe pain. The core training involved in both yoga and Pilates aids in developing a patient’s ability to feel these muscles in order to learn to control and activate their core, thereby reducing spinal overload and increasing proper movement.

Pilates is system of therapeutic exercise that focuses on movement that works to tone and balance muscles down to the joints. It was developed over 60 years ago and devotees of this exercise have enjoyed improvements in their core strength, flexibility, posture, the range of their motion and circulation. These improvements have often been coupled with a lessening of pain and discomfit.

One benefit of this exercise system is the development of body awareness, which directly aligns with the goals of the individualized physical rehabilitation programs practiced in New York Dynamic Neuromuscular Rehabilitation & Physical Tharapy. Other benefits include core strengthening and more control of movement, both of which are integral to successful rehabilitation philosophy.

By teaching body awareness, therapeutic Pilates helps practitioners develop an understanding of their body’s natural alignment and tendencies, such as slouching, stiffness, or misalignment in the hips. This is achieved through the use of repetitive exercises that are executed with conscious precision; each movement is made strategically to bring awareness and strength to a specific area. Bringing body awareness enables practitioners to work on their body’s problem areas on and off the Pilates mat. Consequently, improving the body’s proper alignment and flexibility helps to reduce the probability of sustaining a later injury and it reduces chronic back pain that emanates from misalignment in the hips or a weak core.

Developing core strength is, in fact, one of the central benefits of therapeutic Pilates. Strong abdominal muscles are essential to achieving control over the body’s most basic movements and properly supporting the spine. Yet most typical gym routines neglect the muscles at the center of the body that include the constellation of muscles in the back, pelvic floor, abdomens, and buttocks. Therapeutic Pilates treatment helps to strengthen the body’s core through its principle of “centering,” which consists of using mat-based exercises to bring awareness to the core of the body: feeling the body’s core engage creates awareness of how the core supports the rest of the body in daily activity.

Unlike other forms of exercise that treat body parts as distinct from one another, therapeutic Pilates treatment works to integrate the entire body as a system. Each exercise teaches how distinct muscles groups support the body as whole. This helps to improve balance and posture.

The benefits of therapeutic Pilates also include developing mindfulness from developing proper breathing techniques and concentration. Focusing on connecting breath to movement helps calm the mind and to train the body in how to respond to stress in a more controlled manner. Developing body-mind awareness through breath improves sleep quality, reduces anxiety and stress, and lowers blood pressure.

Most Pilates exercises are relatively gentle to the body as they are performed with minimal weight bearing and impact, which makes Pilates an excellent therapeutic exercise for people of all ages and abilities. Even experienced athletes, such as distance runners, can benefit from the added flexibility developed from using Pilates to cross-train. Injured runners, on the other hand, can rely on therapeutic Pilates as a way to recover from their previously sustained injuries as they work to develop muscles in hard-to-reach areas, such as the external oblique muscles, that enable maintaining a proper posture while running.

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