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Pilates rehabilitation at Riser Physical


Riser Physical is a multidisciplinary rehab and recovery practice with 3 locations in NYC.


At Riser, we move beyond traditional physical therapy - we also incorporate pilates, chiro, and acupuncture into our treatment plans when appropriate. Our integrative approach allows you to rebuild strength, reduce pain, and restore range of motion faster so you can get back to living the quality of life that you deserve.


Patients travel from all over New York City to visit our providers at one of our offices in Union Square, Hudson Yards, or Murray Hill.


Everyone from elite athletes to working professionals trust our staff for the best care. If you’re ready to experience an elevated rehab experience, contact us today to book an appointment.

How we incorporate Pilates at Riser


Pilates is a low-impact exercise program which promotes strength, stability, and flexibility. We use Pilates as part of our therapy process because of its positive effects on postural muscles and joint mobility.


At Riser Physical in NYC, we offer one-on-one rehabilitation-based mat and reformer Pilates sessions individually catered towards each patient's needs.


Our physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture and Pilates experts work together as a team to create a custom treatment plan for each patient.


Each Pilates session is focused on building strength and mobility to help recover and heal faster.

What is Pilates?


Pilates combines controlled movements with breathing techniques which challenges the body and calms the mind. Doing Pilates regularly can lead to improved postural alignment, more core strength, and better balance. Those who practice Pilates can reduce their risk of injury during sports or other activities.


Two popular forms of Pilates are Reformer Pilates and mat-based Pilates. Reformer Pilates is similar to mat-based Pilates, but Reformer Pilates utilizes the Pilates Reformer machine which adds resistance to the Pilates exercises. Reformer Pilates is more ideal for building and toning muscles and increasing stability in the core and joints.


Reformer Pilates is great for rehabilitation because it allows our patients to exercise in a horizontal plane of motion, which means you bear less weight on your legs. This is especially important for those who are recovering from a leg injury or surgery.

Why Pilates?


Pilates is recommended for rehab and recovery around the world because it is low impact, versatile and adaptable to all fitness levels, builds muscle and core strength, and increases mobility and flexibility.


Current research has shown that Pilates specific exercises have been proven to reduce mid and low back pain, decrease stress, and increase energy levels. Other benefits of Pilates include improved overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance.


Health benefits of Pilates may include:

  • Improved flexibility

  • Increased muscle strength and tone

  • Balanced muscular strength

  • Enhanced muscular control

  • Improved stabilisation

  • Improved posture

  • Improved balance

  • Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep, focused breathing

  • Improved concentration

  • Increased body awareness

  • Reduced stress


Our rehab-certified Pilates team at Riser Physical Medicine is dedicated to ensuring that participants receive the full benefit of a rehabilitation focused Pilates program.


Our team of highly dedicated, skilled, and credentialed instructors ensure that exercises are performed with proper technique and without compromise.

Conditions that Pilates can treat


Pilates can help treat:


  • Back pain

  • Postural dysfunction or poor posture

  • Neck pain

  • Hip pain

  • Hip stiffness

  • Hip weakness

  • General muscle stiffness

  • Core muscle instability or weakness

  • And more

Pilates equipment


At Riser Physical, we may use one or more of the following equipment during your Pilates session:

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At Riser, we’re committed to helping you achieve a healthier, happier, pain-free, and more active You.


Our team at Riser Physical specializes in treating musculoskeletal issues. At Riser, we will help you understand your condition and create a treatment plan that’s right for your needs.

Pilates is a perfect option for people looking for a non-surgical, minimally-invasive treatment for their joint, bone, or muscle condition.

We have an amazing team of licensed and experienced physical therapists, chiropractors, pilates experts, and acupuncturists who can help you get started on improving your quality of life.

If you work with us, you can expect an integrative treatment that is not only evidence-based, but also personal. We give special attention to each and every one of our patients and try to make each session better than the last.

Book an appointment

We offer Pilates rehab at our offices in Union Square, Hudson Yards, and Murray Hill in New York City, where you can come and talk to us about your concerns.

If you’d like to get in touch with us for an in-office or virtual appointment (your choice), you can call us at 646-661-2181, email us at, or click the button below to book an appointment.



Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between yoga and Pilates?

Pilates and yoga are very similar. Both exercises involve coordinated muscle movements and deep breathing techniques. The biggest difference is that yoga has a spiritual component to it, whereas Pilates does not.

Is Pilates covered by insurance?

At Riser Physical, our therapists incorporate Pilates into their treatment plans, which may be covered by insurance as part of traditional Physical Therapy. Contact us to confirm insurance eligibility.

How long does a Pilates session last? How many sessions are needed?

A Pilates session at our office lasts about 20-30 minutes. We typically recommend our patients complete a 4-6 week plan, with 2-3 sessions per week.

Will Pilates help my lower back pain?

Yes, Pilates can strengthen the muscles of the body including the lower back in a safe way, which may help alleviate pain. The low impact nature of a Pilates rehab program is perfect for those who are looking for an effective back pain treatment.

Where can I learn more about Pilates?

Our Pilates experts at Riser Physical can answer any questions you have about Pilates. Just give us a call to schedule an appointment. Our recommended online resource for learning more about Pilates is Polestar Pilates.

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