I recently had the pleasure of talking with Otiena Ellwand, Content Marketing Specialist at Merrithew™ where we explored how our Pilates offerings at our Lakeview Movement Studio has benefitted our clients in these past four years. As our Physiotherapy practice has evolved, we have come to recognize gaps in the traditional model of care. Not that our clinic has been anything but traditional since its inception in 2006, and over the past years we sought out unique alternatives to deliver Physiotherapy. We were in search of a model that allows clients to improve their ability to participate in real-life activities once the first stage of Physiotherapy treatment was completed.
Welcome to our “From Physio to Fitness” model of care, where we strategize and train your body to function at its best using Stott Pilates® principles of practice. With this approach, we have upped the ante on client expectations and satisfaction with Physiotherapy.
Below is an excerpt from this conversation and if you are interested in the entire article you can read more here.
The most effective strategy for treating common physical ailments in the body is through movement.
“There’s a lot to be said about when you have pain, stillness isn’t your answer,” says Gayle Hulme, a physiotherapist and co-founder of Lakeview Physiotherapy in Calgary, Canada.
Physiotherapy professionals use exercise to treat pain, but clinical Pilates has not commonly been considered part of the traditional treatment model— and that could be a missed opportunity for providing a system of complete care to clients.
Clinical Pilates, which emphasizes the restoration of full-body functional movement through exercises that challenge posture, balance, strength and stability, is one of the most empowering, safe and progressive ways to deal with patients’ persistent pain and chronic conditions, Gayle says.
“Pilates is an inclusive form of exercise which aligns with the current literature and practice of physiotherapy and pain science. …Pilates enables clients to participate in exercise when they would not have been able to otherwise.”
Lakeview uses Clinical Pilates to treat clients with arthritis, osteoporosis, scoliosis, poor motor control, sports injuries, pre- and post-natal and pelvic health issues.
Lakeview began offering Clinical Pilates about four years ago and now has three physiotherapists who are trained in Pilates on staff: Megan Jenkinson, Jenn Frey and Leah Milne. Megan and Jenn are both STOTT PILATES® Rehab Certified Instructors. The clinic opened up a separate studio space to accommodate the growing demand for this service, with three Merrithew™ V2 Max™ Reformers, one Split-Pedal Stability Chair™, one Arc Barrel and various other accessories.”