At BodyFit, you will have access to a wide variety of services such as physical therapy, massage therapy, and Pilates. In this section, we’ll explain the background for each treatment modality and how our team designs a personalized plan that addresses your health needs.
What Is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapists are experts in “the science of healing and the art of caring” (American Physical Therapy Association), and treat a wide variety of orthopedic conditions, joint and soft tissue injuries, neurologic conditions, connective tissue injuries, cardiopulmonary and circulatory conditions, repetitive stress disorders, and sports injuries.
The “science” of physical therapy entails a thorough understanding of movement and anatomy, coupled with the ability to provide an optimal external and internal healing environment for the patient. After the initial evaluation and examination, the “art” of physical therapy begins, with the physical therapist creating an individualized plan of care designed to promote movement, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.
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What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the practice of soft tissue manipulation with pressure, performed manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue. Benefits of massage are improved circulation, relief of muscle tension and pain, increased flexibility and mobility, and removal of lactic acid and other toxins that previously caused pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.
Clients choose this treatment for general relaxation and stress reduction as well as for specific health conditions such as back pain, arthritis, tendinitis, headaches, migraines, muscle spasms, strains, sprains, circulatory conditions, respiratory issues, and post-injury/post-surgical rehabilitation.
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What Is Pilates?
The Pilates method of exercise was developed by Joseph Pilates in Germany in the 1920s. Initially used as a rehabilitation program for prisoners of war, it was later found to be of great benefit to anyone seeking a higher level of fitness.
Joseph Pilates originally called his method “Contrology,” because he believed that this form of exercise requires that the mind controls the muscles. The Pilates method emphasizes the balanced development of the body through training the core postural muscles, improving overall flexibility, and increasing movement awareness.
Pilates involves guided mat work and exercises performed on Pilates equipment which uses pulleys and resistance from the participant’s body weight as well as graduated levels of springs. Pilates exercises have modifications that provide a safe and challenging workout for everyone. The method emphasizes quality over quantity, and most of the exercises do not include a lot of repetitions.
Pilates, under proper instruction, may transform the way that your body looks, moves, feels, and performs. Professional dancers have benefited from Pilates exercise for decades. More recently, professional football players, basketball players, and baseball players have begun using Pilates for sport-specific strengthening, flexibility, and injury prevention. Enthusiasts have discovered that, by helping them access specific areas of their body, Pilates facilitates success in sport and functional activities.
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