The location and extent of the injury will determine whether someone can do Pilates, but in many cases Pilates is used as a form of rehabilitation encouraged by doctors and physical therapists. In fact, Pilates greatly benefits those with back pain, previously herniated disks and shoulder injuries as well as knee reconstruction.

Pilates exercise accompanying treatment for cancer is steadily gaining acceptance in the fitness community. Safe and supportive programs are improving the quality of life for survivors. The physical and psychological benefits of Pilates can aid in the rehabilitation and recovery of this special population.As clients cancer survivors often present with muscle weakness, limitation of movement, and pain. Pilates exercises allows this special population to lie supine and relaxed and reintroduce movement at any stage of recovery. The specific movements are dependent on the individual’s type and stage of cancer and recovery.