Pilates for Rehabilitation
Your clients and athletes demand and deserve customized, adaptable solutions when injury or chronic pain impairs movement and performance. Known for its whole-body approach to fitness, Pilates is the perfect way to help your patients recover, rehabilitate, and reach their goals.
With Pilates for Rehabilitation, you will learn how to apply proven Pilates methods to address dysfunction and help your patients achieve optimal performance. Renowned instructor and physical therapist Samantha Wood provides detailed descriptions of the most effective exercises for rehabilitating and healing injuries, improving functional strength, promoting efficient movement, and managing pain.
In addition to step-by-step instructions for Pilates apparatus and mat work, you will learn the indications and contraindications of each exercise and the primary muscles involved so you can determine when the exercise is appropriate for each client. Modifications and progressions allow for adaptation of exercises based on the stage of rehabilitation or the severity of the injury or condition being treated. Suggested exercise protocols, organized by common orthopedic injuries in anatomical regions, offer the flexibility to tailor a program to the specific needs of each client.
Authoritative yet accessible, Pilates for Rehabilitation paves the road to recovery. Recommended by BASI Pilates and full of the latest research, proven exercises, and expert advice, this is the ultimate rehabilitation guide.
CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. The Pilates for Rehabilitation Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of the Pilates for Rehabilitation With CE Exam package, which includes both the book and the exam.
Rehabilitation professionals, athletic trainers, physical therapists and physiotherapists, physical therapy assistants, and chiropractors; also a reference for personal trainers and Pilates teachers seeking to incorporate exercises into their clients’ programs to optimize function.
Table of Contents
Part I. The Case for Pilates
Chapter 1. The Science Behind Pilates for Rehabilitation
Chapter 2. Guiding Principles of Pilates
Chapter 3. Integrating Pilates With Rehabilitation
Chapter 4. Methodology and Apparatus Needed for an Effective Practice
Part II. Exercises
Chapter 5. Mat Exercises
Chapter 6. Reformer Exercises
Chapter 7. Cadillac Exercises
Chapter 8. Wunda Chair Exercises
Part III. Pilates for Common Injuries and Pathologies
Chapter 9. The Cervical and Thoracic Spine
Chapter 10. The Lumbar Spine
Chapter 11. The Shoulder
Chapter 12. The Hip Injuries
Chapter 13. The Knee
Chapter 14. The Foot and Ankle
“This well-written book is comprehensive but concise, and is easy to read and understand. The descriptions, variations, and photographs of exercises are excellent…a great rehabilitation resource for clinicians and instructors.”
Doody's Review Service, 5-star review
"Samantha introduced me to Pilates, and at first it was such a challenge! But after practicing Pilates for many years now, it has helped to minimize my injury recovery time. Samantha can do the same for you with Pilates for Rehabilitation!"
Sugar Ray Leonard
Former professional boxer
“The trinity of objectives in all of athletic medicine is prevention, optimization of performance, and injury care. Samantha Wood eloquently and cohesively demonstrates in her book Pilates for Rehabilitation the practical concepts and contemporary techniques for addressing today’s problems with tomorrow’s solutions.”
Bert Mandelbaum, MD
Team Physician for LA Galaxy, U.S. Soccer, and Pepperdine University
Co-Chair of Medical Affairs at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute
Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group and Sports Foundation
Chairman of the CONCACAF Medical Committee
Assistant Medical Director for Major League Soccer
“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Samantha Wood for more than 15 years. During that time she has always had a unique talent for tailoring rehabilitation programs for both my professional and casual athlete populations. Now, in Pilates for Rehabilitation, she provides an easy-to-read and, more importantly, easy-to-apply handbook for medical professionals and interested individuals. All of us are looking for that added edge to perform to our best while reducing the chances of injury. Samantha has now added to our arsenal. A must-have on your shelf and by your side.”
George Billauer, DC
Team Chiropractor for U.S. National Soccer Team, LA Galaxy, Los Angeles Football Club, and Mexican National Soccer Team
Previous Affiliations: Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Chivas USA
“As a Pilates professional I am always in search of fresh resources and material to inspire my teaching and practice. Pilates for Rehabilitation is just the book to fill the void in my understanding and application of the remedial approach of the Pilates method. Samantha Wood’s approach to rehabilitation is both scientific and practical, without losing the underlying principles of the Pilates method itself. Although the exercises are focused on rehabilitation, I found them to be just as effective for athletic performance. I plan to recommend this book to my clients, colleagues, and students, who I feel could all benefit from Samantha Wood’s wealth of knowledge.”
BASI Pilates Faculty Member
Pilates Anytime Teacher
“Samantha is a brilliant therapist and innovator and has been a pioneer in bringing Pilates to mainstream physio rehabilitation practice. Her experience as a physio, athletic trainer, and business woman will undoubtedly make this book worth the time and energy to read!”
Physical Therapist and Clinician Researcher at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center
“For many years, Samantha has incorporated her sensible and easily applicable techniques in Pilates to rehabilitate and restore many of my injured patients back to good health. Pilates for Rehabilitation provides an excellent resource for other rehabilitation therapists to incorporate a restorative Pilates approach to not only heal and manage ongoing injuries but also prevent future injuries through core strengthening and improving functional strength and movement.”
Julie Ma, MD
Primary Care Physician for UCLA Health
ExcerptsLearn this exercise: pelvic curl
What is the center?
Why Pilates works in injury rehab and prevention
(It will be in french) Excellente remise à niveau et les tableaux finaux qui croisent exercices et problématiques de santé sont d'une belle précision. Par ailleurs, il pousse ma créativité dans la façon de donner les exercices. Ce livre est un investissement. Merci !