Pilates and ergonomics

In ergonomics, work environments and systems are designed to maximise safety and efficiency, while protecting the health and vitality of individuals involved. Ergonomics plays a part in everything involving people: Work systems, sports, leisure and daily activities. Unfortunately, occupational injuries still occur, even among the most ergonomically aware companies.

Recently, Pilates (a series of non-impact exercises designed to develop strength, flexibility, balance and inner awareness) has become a widely used method of rehabilitation amongst Occupational Health specialists. Using Pilates and understanding body mechanics can enhance the patient's participation in all the aforementioned activities. In particular, functional fitness programs utilising Pilates based exercises can reduce ergonomic risks, prevent injury, and enhance function for the job of living.

The main reasons for the rise in its popularity are that Pilates can be used for a wide range of occupational injuries and the integration of physical therapy, Pilates and bodywork is rewarding and yields lasting results, meaning patients can enjoy the rehab experience. When they then go back to work they can be more confident that the injury won’t recur.

Of course, it is not just for those who have been injured; Pilates can be used along with Ergonomics as a preventative measure. So get your lycra on...