Pilates Reformer For Children With Disabilities
Aspire integrates the Pilates Reformer into physical therapy sessions!
The Pilates Reformer is an excellent way to facilitate muscle use without compensation. It is a natural progression from the Universal Exercise Unit. The Reformer can be used in all positions: laying down, sitting, kneeling, and standing.
Using the most advanced clinical Reformer in the Balanced Body system, we can adapt the unit for any body size and ability. It can be difficult for children with a motor skill deficit to strengthen a key muscle while battling what the rest of their body is doing.
The Pilates Reformer allows us to isolate muscles and learn effective movement patterns. The exercises are incorporated into the physical therapy session based on the child’s need and appropriateness of intervention.
Pilates Reformer For Adults With Disabilities
The Pilates Reformer has been used for many years for strengthening, balance, and muscle awareness. We are finding it is an amazing treatment intervention for adults with chronic disabilities. Adults with diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, and stroke have lifelong muscle weakness and limited flexibility. This affects their daily functional skills and often results in chronic pain. Some muscles are too weak, too tight, or over-used.
The Pilates Reformer is a great way to target muscles without compensation
Low impact positions are used so that the client does not have to fight against gravity and an upright position when improving their muscle performance. This provides an opportunity to develop muscle awareness, postural control, and confidence.
When Pilates methods are combined with the knowledge and expertise of a physical therapist, the Reformer is a powerful treatment intervention. When the PT is also a pediatric specialist, this adds another layer of expertise. Pediatric PT’s are specialists in multiple disabilities. We treat the disability from birth and through the growing years, into adulthood. Many adults with disabilities have trouble finding a way to get stronger, move better, and relieve chronic pain. A pediatric PT can be the perfect match!
The Pilates Reformer is a great way to isolate muscles for targeted strengthening.
Increase Range Of Motion
The range of motion increases with the use of the Pilates Reformer through resistance stretching.
Getting in touch with muscles that haven’t been used before! The Reformer facilitates specific muscle use, facilitate by the trained physical therapist and Pilates instructor.
I have been to many physical therapists and Lisa is by far the best! While providing one on one attention, Lisa incorporates the Pilates Reformer and other physical therapy techniques. She is extremely knowledgeable, encouraging, positive, and dedicated. I am so lucky to have found her! She’s absolutely wonderful!!!”
Jo | Pilates Advocate
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The Pilates Reformer is an excellent way to facilitate muscle use without compensation. Adaptations are made for various body sizes. The exercises are incorporated into the physical therapy session based on the child’s need and appropriateness of intervention. The Reformer has been used in children as young as 3 years old and with a variety of abilities! Check out pictures in our gallery.
Lisa Davison is the Physical Therapist on staff and owner of Aspire Therapy Services.
Lisa has 23 years of experience in the pediatric clinical field.
When she isn’t at home with her family in Cincinnati, you just might find her in a under-developed country volunteering her expertise to those in need. Ecuador and Santo Domingo are a couple of her favorite places to volunteer her time and knowledge.
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