Utilizing Pilates to Enhance Rehab Outcomes

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Why should a physical therapist, occupational therapist or athletic trainer take this Pilates Continuing Education Course?

Pilates can be effective in treating multiple neurological diseases and conditions. In several neurological conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, peripheral neuropathy, and gait ataxia, balance re—training is a key component in rehabilitation. Several studies suggest that Pilates is effective in improving balance in the older adult population. Claims have been made that Pilates can also assist in improving posture and energy level in these groups, but more research is needed to prove these claims.

Pilates can be safely used in the senior population. However, certain exercises may require modifications or adjustments. Not only has Pilates been found to improve both static and dynamic balance in this population, it has also been found to improve personal autonomy and quality of life. In middle aged men and women, Pilates has been found to improve abdominal endurance, hamstring flexibility, and upper—body muscular endurance. Additionally, Pilates can improve overall body composition, muscular endurance, and flexibility in adults.

One study showed that Pilates and pelvic floor muscle training showed similar increases in pelvic floor muscle strength in healthy females. Pilates can be a safe and effective method for people with Fibromyalgia syndrome. There are studies showing the effectiveness of using Pilates in breast cancer patients. Possible benefits include increased shoulder range of motion, as well as improvement in symptoms of fatigue, functional capacity, depression, and quality of life. Pilates may even help reduce obesity. Studies showed that a four—week Pilates program actually reduced BMI percentile in healthy, young girls.

In this course you will learn to master Pilates Exercise technique and integrate Pilates into your therapy treatment programs.

Rehab clinical tools instructed in this Pilates Continuing Education Course to enhance your functional outcomes.

  • Pilates for Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, peripheral neuropathy, and gait ataxia, balance re–training
  • Scientific evidence for Pilates and its use in physical therapy and rehabilitation

Specific instruction that will enhance your understanding and ability to deliver better patient care.

  • Principles of Pilates and the implications in rehabilitation
  • Exercise category will help with developing functional rehab programs for a variety of diagnoses
  • Variety of Pilates exercises in order to teach patients the appropriate exercises for their conditions
  • The Pilates principle of Core Control and Centering to improve overall body composition, muscular endurance, and flexibility in adults
  • Optimal Pilates exercises to apply to the specific diagnosis

Features unique to this Pilates Course.

  • Evidence based studies substantiating the use of Pilates as an effective approach in core stabilization
  • Integrate Pilates into post–surgical total hip and knee arthroplasty rehabilitative interventions
  • Case studies for ACL reconstruction, post hip replacement, multiple sclerosis, stroke, lumbar stenosis, work related injuries, and athletic injuries
  • Over 80 exercises with detailed narration assist the clinician in understanding the proper way to perform each exercise
  • Specific exercise categories such as: preparatory exercises, mat exercises, standing exercises, exercises with swiss ball, exercises with foam roll, exercises with ring/circle, exercises with bands, exercises with Bosu® trainer
  • Extensive 3D animations and diagrams of muscles and motion

Professional Accreditation

This is an intermediate level course applicable for PT, PTA, OT, AT. Physical Therapy Accreditation: For specific state information, use the accreditation verification menu and select your state of license. AOTA: provider #4487, Occupational therapy professional development activity: Foundation Knowledge: human body, development, and behavior. Athletic Trainers: BOC provider #P2047, category A. This course has not been submitted for Evidence-Based BOC approval.

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Responsible CME® - Testimonials

Great course - great examples of exercise and how to incorporate them into individual patients with great case studies. -- Lorin, PT

Nice instructional Videos. Helpful for patient application as a rehab tool. -- joanna, OTA

It was nice and simple and of benefit to my setting , geriatric population . -- VIMBAI, OT

Helpful course that showed useful exercises and ways to incorporate them into practice. -- Kathleen, Physical Therapist

I loved the videos. Very interactive. -- Christi, PT

Very good videos to demonstrate the different Pilates exercises. -- Sally, PT

By taking this course I now know how I can improve and explain to my patients on why they are doing these exercises and I know how i can advance patients with certain exercises that were given in this course. -- Kyle, PTA

Now I am ready to teach the dancers in Las Vegas! -- Christopher, Physical Therapist

Course was very informative and educational. Highly recommend this course. -- David, PTA

This is a fabulous course! -- Diana, Occupational Therapist

It enhanced my understanding and utilization of Pilates to therapy interventions. -- Steven, PT

Very good course, would recommend to co-workers! Good treatment interventions -- Diana, Physical Therapy Assistant

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Utilizing Pilates to Enhance Rehab Outcomes


  • CE Hours: 10.0 hrs, 1.0 CEU
  • Delivered: Online
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  • Real patient interviews.
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  • 3D anatomy and medical illustrations.
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Learn from the Expert Sara Koveleski Kraut, PT, DPT - Discussion regarding the benefits of Pilates

Introduction and discussion regarding the benefits of Pilates
  • Understand the benefits of Pilates, specifically in the rehabilitation setting.
  • Describe all the principles of Pilates and the applications of each in a clinical setting.
  • Be able to perform a variety of Pilates exercises and teach patients the appropriate exercises for their conditions.
  • Understand which Pilates exercises address specific impairments encountered in the rehabilitation setting.
  • Discuss the latest evidence for integrating Pilates into the orthopedic, neurologic, and geriatric populations.
  • Demonstrate understanding in the practical application of Pilates exercises covering a variety of conditions and diagnoses that are presented in a case study format.
  • Develop progressive rehab programs utilizing the fundamentals of Pilates principles for a variety of diagnoses to include geriatric, neurological, work related injuries, orthopedic and cardiopulmonary dysfunction.
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The Eight Pilates Principles - Highlights

The Eight Pilates Principles - Highlights
  • Pilates effect on improving strength
  • Muscle flexibility and joint range of motion
  • Posture and conditioning of the body
  • Breathing
  • Core Control
  • Alignment and Posture
  • Spinal Articulation
  • Precision and Control
  • Movement Integration

Pilates Exercise Guide - Highlights

Pilates Exercise Guide - Highlights

    Each exercise is throughly explained in each movie segment

  • Imprinting
  • Lower Extremity Movements with Neutral Pelvic Alignment

  • Heel Slides
  • Knee Extension with Heel slide
  • Knee Extended Leg Lowering and Lifting
  • Bent-Knee Hip Circles with Neutral Pelvis
  • Table Toe taps
  • Table Toe taps with Arm Lifts
  • Bridging
  • Bridging with Modifications
  • Mat Exercises

  • The Hundred
  • Half Roll Up
  • Roll-Up
  • Single Leg Circles
  • Single Leg Stretch
  • Double Leg Stretch
  • Single Straight Leg Stretch (scissors)

Pilates Mat Exercises

Pilates Mat Exercises
  • Criss-Cross
  • Spine Stretch Forward
  • The Corkscrew
  • The Corkscrew II
  • The Saw
  • Spine Twist
  • The Jackknife
  • Front/Back - Side Kick Series
  • Up/Down - Side Kick Series
  • Circles - Side Kick Series
  • Double Leg Lift - Side Kick Series
  • Bicycle - Side Kick Series
  • Clams
  • Side Plank
  • Modified Side Plank
  • Front Leg Pull
  • Mermaid
  • Swimming

Standing Pilates Exercises

Standing Pilates Exercises
  • Criss-Cross
  • The Saw
  • The Hundred - Legs on Ball
  • The Hundred - Small Ball Behind Back
  • The Half Roll Up - Legs on Ball
  • The Half Roll Up - Holding Swiss Ball
  • Double Leg Stretch - Holding Ball
  • Criss-Cross - Legs on Swiss Ball
  • Shoulder Bridge - Beginner
  • Shoulder Bridge - Intermediate
  • Shoulder Bridge - Advanced
  • Mermaid
  • Swan Dive - Intermediate
  • Swan Dive - Advanced
  • The Saw

Pilates Exercises with Foam Roll

Pilates Exercises with Foam Roll
  • Scapular Elevation/ Depression
  • Scapular Protraction/ Retraction
  • Supine on Foam Roll
  • Tabletop Leg Lowering
  • Tabletop Toe Taps
  • Double - Supine, Tabletop Leg Lowering
  • Obliques - Supine, Tabletop Leg Lowering
  • Bridging - Supine on Foam Roll
  • Bridging - Feet on Foam Roll
  • Single Leg Circles
  • Trunk Extensions with Forearm on Foam

Pilates Exercises with Ring/Circle

Pilates Exercises with Ring/Circle
  • The Hundred
  • The Half Roll-Up
  • The Corkscrew
  • Bridging - Ring Between Thighs
  • Bridging - Ring Under Foot
  • Spine Twist
  • Hamstring Stretch
  • Inner Thigh Stretch
  • Outer Thigh Stretch
  • Prone Trunk Extension

Pilates Exercises with Bosu Trainer

Pilates Exercises with Bosu Trainer
  • Lower Extremity Movements
  • Bridging with Feet on the BOSU® Trainer
  • Half Roll
  • Roll Up
  • Single Leg Stretch
  • Double Leg Stretch
  • Criss Cross
  • Modified Side Plank
  • Front Leg Pull
  • The Hundred
  • Exercises with Bands

  • Clams
  • Sitting Spine Twist
  • Bent-Knee Single Leg Circles
  • Single Leg Circles
  • Side Lying Hip Circles
  • Front Leg Pulls

Case Study 1 - Pilates for Post ACL Reconstruction

Case Study 1 - Pilates for Post ACL Reconstruction - Highlights

A 21-year old male has been in PT for the past 6 weeks post ACL reconstruction on the right knee.

Case Study 2 - Pilates for Total Hip Replacement

Case Study 2 - Pilates for Total Hip Replacement

A 70-year old female is 5 weeks post-op for a left total hip replacement (posterior THR precautions).

Case Study 3 - Pilates for Multiple Sclerosis

Case Study 3 -  Pilates for Multiple Sclerosis

Patient is a 40-year old female was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 5 years ago. She currently complains of mild difficulty with walking, occasional losses of balance, and generalized upper and lower extremity weakness. Her goals for PT are to improve her walking, balance, and upper body strength.

Case Study 4 - Pilates for Stroke Patients

Case Study 4 -  Pilates for Stroke Patients

A patient is a 68-year old male who reports having a stroke 3 weeks ago. Prior to the stroke, he states he was working full-time as an electrician. He states he usually plays golf twice per week and enjoys spending time with his 3 young grandchildren. He states his goals for PT are to improve his walking, return to work, return to golf, and return to being able to play with his grandkids.

Case Study 5 - Pilates for Lower Back Pain

Case Study 5 - Pilates for  Lower Back Pain

A patient is an 80-year old female who currently complains of right low back pain that radiates into her right buttock and posterior thigh. She states she had an MRI last week and her doctor diagnosed her with lumbar stenosis. Aggravating factors include prolonged walking and prolonged standing. She usually feels better with sitting and bending forward. She states she is very active and would like to return to her previous level of activity which includes walking on the track at the senior center and attending her Tai Chi class.