A 2-day course offers the opportunity for medical professionals to gain fundamental knowledge of Pilates theory and principles in order to integrate it into their rehabilitation programs. The course “Utilizing Pilates Principles to Enhance Rehabilitation Outcomes” is offered by North American Seminars and will review core stabilizing muscles, as well as the importance of core stabilizing to functional activities and activities of daily living.

According to healthclick.com, the course’s lab portion will focus on learning, properly executing, and cueing Pilates mat exercises. Small apparatus, including foam rolls, Swiss balls, and rings, will be used during the lab exercises for modifications and advancements. The site notes that the application of Pilates principles and exercises will be discussed for orthopedic, neurologic, and geriatric patient populations. Additional discussions of case studies and current research, the site says, will help demonstrate how a Pilates-based treatment program can help improve core stabilization, balance, coordination, postural awareness, strength, flexibility, and mobility.

The site states that upon course completion, the clinician will be able to immediately integrate their knowledge in the clinical setting to provide a Pilates-based treatment program to the orthopedic, neurologic, and/or geriatric patient for improved functional outcomes.

Course objectives include describing the principles of Pilates and their applications, understanding the benefits of Pilates specifically in the rehabilitation setting, and enhancing functional outcomes by using Pilates principles for patients presenting with symptoms such as gait disorders, ataxia, and/or balance disorders. Additional objectives include improving balance, stability, and core strength in the geriatric population and in patients with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease, and using Pilates exercises to enhance outcomes for orthopedic issues, such as overuse injuries, arthritis, postural disorders, malalignment issues, low back pain, and sacroiliac joint instability.

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[Source: North American Seminars]