As many of you know, we recently moved up to the 9th floor to offer our patients larger treatment rooms and a tranquil, glass enclosed exercise space. In this blog, we’d like to introduce you to the latest and greatest addition to our gym, the newly acquired Pilates Tower, known by Pilates gurus as “The Guillotine”. While the name “Guillotine Tower” may send shudders down the spine, evoking images of the historic reign of terror, the Pilates version is actually an easy-to-use, patient friendly, device designed to develop mobility, stability and strength of the hips, pelvis and spine. At EMH, we have taken “The Guillotine” to the next level, adapting basic exercises and stretches to treat the pelvic floor muscles.
Guillotine Tower Benefits:
- Provides incredible feedback: which makes it a great assessment tool for stability, flexibility and articulation. Patients can easily see when they are out of alignment or overusing a dominant side because the sliding bar will move in a jerky, uneven pattern. When the bar glides smoothly and silently, you know you have perfected the movement.
- Offers accessibility: The vertical slider allows patients with limited hamstring and lower-back flexibility (you know who you are!) to experience the full benefits of stretching and strengthening exercises.
- Supplies versatility: Spring attachments of varying tensions can be used to create assistance or increase resistance modifying exercises for all levels in both upper and lower body exercises.
- Targets the pelvic floor: A combination of common Pilates exercises and general pelvic floor exercises have been adapted by our expert physical therapists to address overactive or weak pelvic floor muscles that may be contributing to your specific diagnosis.