Teaching pilates for postural faults, illness and injury

a practical guide


  • Jane Paterson, RGN,Adult Education Teacher, Pilates Teacher and Teacher Trainer, trained classical dancer, Member of the Pilates Foundation, Royal Academy of Dance, Royal College of Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery Council

The pilates technique is very much used in physiotherapy treatment, especially in remedial exercises to aid recovery and rehabilitation after surgery, as well as with back problems and sports injuries.

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Book information

  • Published: December 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-5647-4

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Good posture and how it can be achieved

Good erect posture,
Postural faults,
Useful tests,
Tables of exercises for addressing postural faults

Chapter 2 Common medical conditions and problems

Eating disorders,
Chronic fatigue syndrome,
Multiple sclerosis,
Parkinson`s disease,
Diabetes mellitus,
Thyroid disease,
Rheumatoid arthritis ,
Psoriatic arthritis,
Coronary heart disease,
Cerebrovascular disease,
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
Gastointestinal problems,
Neck problems,
Back problems,
Hip problems,
Knee problems,
Lower leg problems,
Ankle and foot problems

Chapter 3 Anatomy review – torso, lower limbs and feet:

Thoracic cage,
Vertebral column,
Pelvic girdle,
Hip joint,
Knee joint,
Ankle joint and foot

Chapter 4 Exercises for core stabilization and efficient movement:

Prerequisite prepatory exercises,
Basic core strengthening exercises

Chapter 5 Anatomy review – the upper limb:

Pectoral girdle,
Elbow joint,
Wrist joint

Chapter 6 Upper body, stretching and overall joint mobilization exercises:

Exercise list,
Basic upper body exercises
Stretching, joint mobilization and exercises to improve foot alignment, mobility and strength

Chapter 7 The teaching process

While the learner is doingthe exercise,
Further ways to improve your teaching

Chapter 8 Health and safety

Safe, effective prectice,
The working space

Appendix 1 Sample client record form

Appendix 2 Sample postural assessment form

Appendix 3 Suggested firther reading on anatomy