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How Pilates could help back problems
When we suffer from chronic pain for a long time we become afraid to move...but believe it or not movement is one of the ways we can help our problem.!
The affected area becomes inflamed and we could suffer muscle spasms, which then make us even more tense and even more afraid to move.
Now due to the lack of movement in our body this results in decreased local circulation, allowing waste products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid to build up...which then adds to the pain we are already experiencing .!
So what could we do....? Pilates....
Why.? As these exercises are done slowly and with control, the gentle normal flowing movements involved in Pilates classes are a perfect way to reassure your body that it is ok to move again. !!
How do I know this...because iv suffered from chronic back pain for 15 years, someone recommended Pilates to me and since attending my first Pilates class iv never looked back.
Pilates gave me my life back, I wasn’t scared to pick the kids up anymore I wasn’t worried about getting in that driving seat and feeling that dreaded pain.
Pilates taught me how to manage my body, it strengthened my deep core muscles and I was given the correct tools to improve my own posture which in turn alleviated my back pain.
By focusing on your mind-body awareness, the better connection you establish with your body, and the more benefits you gain from your workouts. It's better to do each exercise slowly and precisely, than with incorrect form or posture.
By paying attention to the muscles of the core (the Pilates Powerhouse), you will help all of your bodies' muscles function and develop more efficiently.
In Pilates, slow and steady wins the race. Control, rather than intensity or repetition, is key to performing the exercises correctly. All movements should be performed with precision, to gain the maximum benefits.
Controlling your breath with deep exhalations as you perform each exercise helps activate your muscles and keep you focused.
Practice makes perfect. Proper form is essential to ensure you gain the most benefit and keep your body healthy.
Each Pilates motion should be smooth and graceful. Try to create the grace of a dancer or a gymnast in your practice.
Pain can be split into 2 category’s.
Short term Pain….
If we cut or burn ourselves, sprain our wrist we feel instant pain.
This pain warns us to escape from the situation as we are in danger.
Once our body begins to heal the wound or the sprain we begin experiencing less pain.
Long term pain…lasts for 3 months or more
Often appears more vague and generalised usually we may find no specific cause can be found as to why we are experiencing this pain.
It effects our emotions, behaviour and thoughts and can affect our every day life affecting the way we carry out our activities of daily living.
Can we manage Long term pain….YES
We can learn to manage our pain by working on our emotions, this may be seeking help from a health professional, by focusing our attention on activities we enjoy doing.
We can learn some new coping skills to help us manage our pain.
We need to find something that works for us as everyone is different and different approaches will help different people.
Joint pain and Pilates go hand in hand because one of the biggest benefits of this exercise is the ability for it to strengthen muscles and increase joint mobility.
Pilates is a low impact workout that can be performed by those who suffer with joint or hip pain.
The smooth movements in Pilates helps to improve range of movement in the hip joint and can help with pain relief. The increased awareness of joint alignment within movement promotes joint health whilst also minimising the destructive forces that weight bearing can subject joints to.
One of the main focuses of Pilates, is on strengthening the core. Our core muscles are considered the “centre” of our body and include our deep abdominal muscles and muscles which attach directly onto the spine. Strengthening the core muscles along with the gluteal muscles helps create stability and optimal loading around the abdominal, pelvic and hip region.
Joint mobility, muscle flexibility and improving balance and control are also integral aspects of each Pilates class. Increasing hip mobility and muscle length around the hip will promote a greater range of movement and prevent joint stiffness.
The main goals of pilates are to: