Clinical Pilates

Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Exercise

Clinical Pilates / Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Exercise can now be offered as a Physiotherapy service and claimed under certain extended benefit plans at Shelbourne Physiotherapy and Pilates.

We are very excited about the benefits our clients are experiencing!


Clinical Pilates is an extremely effective method of exercise rehabilitation conjoining Physiotherapy and Pilates in a clinical setting.  This service integrates the principles of rehabilitation, core stabilization, and movement retraining with the Pilates principles of control, balance, focus, and breath.

Small equipment, body weight and large apparatuses are used to assist and support movement allowing engagement and activation to specific muscles.  The use of supportive equipment allows for the isolation of specific muscle groups without strain or pressure on joints.


1. Balance out muscles around joints to create stability, increase strength and decrease pain.

2. Increase your body awareness and understanding of efficient movement.

3. Re-train functional movements in a safe and supportive manner.


  • Core strength
  • Spinal stability
  • Postural and body awareness
  • Resolving muscle imbalances
  • Reduction of pain and muscle tension
  • Injury prevention
  • Improve balance and coordination

Treatable Conditions:

  • General conditioning
  • Chronic pain
  • Injury prevention
  • Post MVA rehabilitation
  • Sports Injury, conditioning and performance
  • Spinal conditions including Scoliosis, postural dysfunction etc.
  • Pre and Post-Natal conditions
  • Post-surgical recovery/strengthening
  • Incontinence and Pelvic Floor retraining
  • Medical Rehab – MS, Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Post Mastectomy
  • Vertigo/balance disorders

SUPERVISED/GUIDED Sessions in a TEAM setting

These sessions are taught by our highly experienced and certified STOTT Pilates Instructors and/or Kinesiologists, and Occupational Therapists working as Physiotherapy Assistants under the guidance and supervision of a Registered Physiotherapist. Physiotherapy Assistants are members of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and are fully insured as Physiotherapy Assistants.

This unique service uses the Pilates-Method as a highly effective rehabilitation exercise tool tailored to specific needs and goals for rehabilitation. Your Clinical Pilates Instructor will work as a team with your Physiotherapist to carry out individualized goals for your program.

How to get started / Criteria

A referral is required from your physician requesting “Physiotherapy Core Rehabilitation”. This must include a medical diagnosis: Scoliosis, Osteoporosis, MS, neck/back pain, pelvis misalignment, Pre/Post-Natal conditions, pre/post-surgical conditions, etc.

You will have an initial assessment and treatment by one of our Registered Physiotherapists, who will then make a referral to the Clinical Pilates Instructor. This referral will explain the results of your visit, determine the number and frequency of sessions needed, and clarify any specific goals, limitations or contraindications.

At the conclusion of your Clinical Pilates sessions, your Physiotherapist will reassess and determine the next step in your rehabilitation program. You may be ready to go back to work, resume sport, go back to the gym etc. Depending on diagnosis, your Physiotherapist may refer you back for further Clinical Pilates work or transition you into a small group class.

You are welcome to continue your Pilates exercise after your Physiotherapist discharges you as a fitness client. Many of our clients continue with Pilates exercise as a lifestyle choice or as cross-training with other forms of exercise to maintain and challenge the progress they have already achieved.

Fee: Clinical Pilates sessions are billed at the Private Pilates Training rate of $90 /hour. No tax is applicable for Physiotherapy service.


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