I can tell you first hand the answer to this commonly asked question is...YES!
I began my journey with Pilates after an auto accident left me with a severe whip lash injury. This was way back in 1996! I had been in and out of doctors offices for almost a year and I was in chronic pain. I couldn't work, couldn't dance and I was prescribed several kinds of pain medications and muscle relaxers. I had done water therapy, physical therapy, bio-feedback... you name it, I tried anything that my doctors recommended would help get me out of pain.
I was tired of being in pain and tired of not being able to do the things I loved! During a massage session, my massage therapist asked me if I had ever heard of Pilates. I had heard of it, the dance studio where I studied had a Pilates Reformer. To be honest the first time I saw this piece of Pilates equipment, I thought it looked like a torture device.
I had never tried Pilates so my massage therapist suggested I give it a try. The Physical Therapy clinic I was going to for massage had a Pilates instructor on site so I signed up for a 50 minute session.
Fifteen minutes into my first Pilates session I began to feel the pain and stiffness in my neck improve. I immediately asked my teacher where she learned to teach Pilates. Within a few weeks I had started a teacher training program in Denver and immediately after completing my Pilates Teacher Training and Apprenticeship, I quite my job with Nordstrom and completely changed career paths. 22 years later I continue teach!
I absolutely love teaching Pilates and my studio caters to clients that have pain and injury. My passion is to make the Pilates work accessible to everyone regardless of their limitations.
One of the best parts of being a teacher is seeing my clients progress, gain mobility and reduce pain in their daily lives. I love hearing their stories of how they can now get up off the floor, vacuum their house and work in the garden pain free!
So YES!! 100 TIMES, YES, Pilates is great for injury rehabilitation!