We interviewed Kristin, one of our Clinical Pilates patients, about her experience using Pilates as a rehabilitation tool. Kristin has been attending regular Clinical Pilates classes here at InnerStrength of Bayside for the past 10 months. A big thank you to Kristin for sharing her experience with our community.
Could you tell us a little bit about your injury and how it limited you before starting Clinical Pilates?
I have hamstring tendinopathy and bursitis which caused me to stop my yoga practice because of the frequent hamstring stretches, which I previously really enjoyed doing. It got to the point where it was so painful that I couldn’t get out of a car and had difficulty walking and going up and down stairs.
How do you think Clinical Pilates has helped in the rehabilitation of your injury?
I’m getting stronger and I have a lot more awareness of the muscles that support the hamstring. My pain has definitely decreased, and I have returned to some gentle yoga practice.
Are there any other benefits of Clinical Pilates that you’ve experienced, outside of the rehabilitation of your injury?
I have increased strength, and more awareness of the smaller muscles in my body that I didn’t even know existed. I’ve noticed that those muscles are really supportive in returning to my yoga practice. I’ve gained flexibility too, which I never expected I would gain from Pilates.
Once you’ve recovered from your injury, do you think you’ll continue to do Pilates?