Rehabilitation: Pilates, Anatomy in Motion™

At Osteopathy in Dulwich, we offer a specialised rehabilitation service, combining osteopathic assessment and treatment with a bespoke and clinically informed programme of clinical Pilates, mindful (somatic) movement therapy, or Anatomy in Motion™ (AiM).

We take a full medical history and carry out a detailed physical assessment. Clients’ goals are established, and a rehabilitation programme is designed based on specific exercises and movement therapy.

The rehabilitation process is particularly effective for people recovering from back, spinal or joint ailments and sports injuries. Clinical Pilates can help increase body awareness, aiding patients ability to identify then release the tension, which can cause movement dysfunction. The somatic Pilates approach is beneficial for chronic muscular tension, pain and stress management. Anatomy in Motion™ (AiM) assesses three-dimensional movement of the body through the phases of walking (gait) and supports movement potential from the feet up.


REHABILITATION & CLINICAL PILATES The first step is the consultation, during which your medical history will bediscussed and reviewed.Goals will be clarified and timeline for reassessment. Once you have established your goals the remaining time will consist of assessments based around your injury/condition.Rehabilitation is usually based around specific exercises, movement or stretches which will be aimed at improving areas where you have shown weakness; such as stability, flexibility, strength, endurance and if needed, and when appropriate, agility.The movement/exercises may also help re-educate the body in correct movement, improving the relationship between the brain and the muscle allowing you to function properly. In summary, the programme will be helping you get back to optimum health as quickly and effectively as possible!BACK & SPINAL REHABILITATIONOnce your back problem or injury is getting better most people benefit from a course of rehabilitation to restore full function and fitness, which can also help prevent a relapse.   Rehabilitation is usually based around specific exercises and movements which will be aimed at improving areas weakness or imbalance resulting in more efficient easier movement. In summary, our programmes will be helping you get back to optimum health as quickly and effectively as possible!Rehabilitating people with back pain or spinal conditions is not just a matter of “strengthening their core muscles”.  Of course, good core control and strength is important, but zillions of repetitions of core work on its own won’t necessarily make back pain go away, because back pain switches off these muscles. After just a few weeks of back pain, muscle tension increases resulting in poor movement habits which if not addressed may lead to other musculoskeletal problems.  Clinical Pilates can help increase body awareness, aiding participants identify then release the tension which can cause movement dysfunction. The somatic Pilates approach is particularly useful for chronic muscular tension. JOINT & SPORTS INJURIESWhether you are an enthusiastic amateur, an elite professional, a gym user or simply like to keep fit, sports injuries do occur.  Often the result of overuse through playing too hard and too often, but occasionally incorrect equipment is the problem like ill-fitting footwear which can cause hip, knee and foot injury.  Issues such as joint dysfunction or soft-tissue restrictions limit the body’s ability to function correctly, directly affecting the degree of performance and may even result in further injury.   Osteopathic treatment can help by improving joint mobility, reducing adhesions and soft-tissue restrictions, resulting in structural balance and restored movement leading to enhanced performance. Golf, tennis, running, rugby, skiing, dancing, and martial arts are some of the many sports that our patients compete in and come to us for treatment.Osteopaths work by diagnosing structural  or mechanical faults and imbalances, placing importance on restoring function and alignment, most of us have mild differences in leg lengths or mild spinal curves that make perfect alignment virtually impossible to maintain. Osteopaths don’t “put bones  or discs back into place”, but aim to remove mechanical hindrances to normal movement to help improve function and reduce discomfort AN IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALIFICATIONSNot all Pilates teachers are trained or qualified to offer rehabilitation.   At the moment someone can call themselves a Pilates teacher and claim to work with special population groups including those with low back pain after just one weekend of training.  While others have completed 1-2 years of study and taken exams and assessments. Then committed to continuing professional development (CPD).  In properly trained and experienced hands The Pilates Method can work for everyone. HAVE QUESTIONS? Get in touch to discuss any questions you may have onTel: 020 8333 0055Mob: 07800 764 829 BOOK AN APPOINTMENT