The reformer was invented by Joseph Pilates and is a bed-like frame with a flat moving carriage on it. This can be pushed/pulled back and forth by the patient using straps, pulleys or the foot bar. A set of springs connecting the carriage to the frame provide differing levels of resistance and can be adjusted to make the carriage more or less difficult to move, hence facilitating different exercises at different levels of skill.
Benefits of Reformer Pilates
The reformer offers all the benefits of Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. The Pilates powerhouse muscles—the muscles of the core—are paramount for building strength. Flat abs, strong backs, toned buttocks, and firm thighs are all results of this emphasis.
The reformer is large enough to accommodate full-range motion, which provides a varied, unique training environment to build strength while maintaining length and flexibility. Pushing and pulling with legs or arms against the resistance of the springs, carriage, and body weight is generally strength building. This can be very useful in early post-op rehabilitation, recovery from neck and back pain, rehabilitation from pregnancy related pelvic pain. The reformer also provides enough resistance and movement variety to help build strong bones which is an excellent, safe method of training for those affected by osteoporosis.
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Having been dogged with injury I decided to have a full prehab/FMS screen with Colette at Imokilly Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic. My starting score was 12/21 which placed me in a high risk injury bracket but by doing my corrective exercises, I not only played through the whole season un-injured but I also got my score up to 17/21 by the end.
I had spent a significant amount of money elsewhere on unwearable orthotics, before coming to Imokilly Physiotherapy Clinic. The orthotics I got here are by far the most comfortable to wear, and I wouldn't put a pair of shoes on without them!
Having had a long long history of back-pain which was then managed surgically with a dynamic fusion I was nervous about commencing any exercise. My neurosurgeon recommended that I attend a physiotherapist-led clinical Pilates class and I was lucky to find Sarah. Her entire approach is aimed at individualised rehabilitation, namely the individual assessment, tailored exercise programmes, small classes and follow-up emails. The standard of Pilates service is far superior to a fitness-based drop in class, and hence ideal for those with injuries.
Chronic Achilles tendinopathy was limiting my ability to progress my marathon training and I knew that I had to tackle it properly to allow it to heal. Although it was frustrating to step back from training, I am now running painfree and hoping for a marathon PB