With more and more adults and children spending longer periods sitting in front of computers and tablets, both at work and at home, and with the resulting increase in neck and back problems, the importance of good and improved posture is being realised.

Clinical Pilates can be very helpful in addressing this problem. Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on the central core/trunk muscles of the body and from there emphasises good position/posture for the low back and neck.  They are gentle exercises involving hold positions and do not have any heavy impact on the joints.

Clinical Pilates takes a medical approach encompassing the Pilates exercises but taking in to account the fact that some people will have some problems such as back and neck pain and wish to exercise  under medical supervision without aggravating them. At Booterstown Physiotherapy Clinic, clinical Pilates classes are held most evenings.

Classes are limited to a maximum of five people per class so the class caters to the individuals’ needs.  The classes are given by specialist Pilates-trained chartered physiotherapists Sinead Glynn, Catrina Rodgers and Naomi Lyng and the course of classes runs for six weeks.

Some patients may need an individual approach to improving their posture and so reduce the incidence of neck and back injury.  Here the physiotherapist will look at posture re-education assessing posture,  flexibility and muscle strength of the patient and devise an exercise programme to address the weaknesses that are present.

Classes are held Monday through Thursday at 6.15 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. with lunchtime classes at 11.30 a.m. and 12.45 p.m. on Wednesdays. The courses are six weeks long and the charge is €120 per course. Receipts can be used as a medical expense for health insurance and income tax purposes.