18 May Pilates; Perfect for Tender Joints, Healing Bones and Mending Muscles
There is no other feeling like walking out of a Pilates session, feeling warm to the core and enjoying that buzz of muscle fatigue. The Pilates method Joseph Pilates created during the first world war has a large focus on the core; that is the complex system of muscles and connective tissues in your torso. These muscles and tissues guide the movement and strength from your spine and pelvis, to all other areas of your body.
Joe was a smart man. He could see the benefit in working the muscles through correct alignment, perfected technique and precise, controlled movements as opposed to multiple repetitions. He was a man before his time. We have discovered now what Joe knew all along when helping fallen soldier regain their health; Pilates is a great, if not one of the best, methods of injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Pilates can stop injuries even before they occur. How? By conditioning the body in a way that helps it avoid breaks, tears and strains when an accident occurs. Let’s say you slip on a concrete path. The strength in your muscles will not only allow you to move into a strong brace position, but when impact is made your core muscles stabalise the vertebrae joints protecting your spinal column. This means you’re more likely to only experience an embarrassing fall and not a broken back.
Pilates creates greater flexibility in the tissues around your joints and therefore a greater range of motion. This creates more ‘give’ in your body. Any impact can be absorbed more easily as the body can more effectively adapt its shape to take a hit. Remember… what doesn’t bend, breaks.
Pilates requires your focus. Your practise magnifies your internal awareness of body. This greater spatial knowledge will help you to move safely through life. The focus in Pilates targets the muscles, building their strength through functional movements using your own body weight. You build the ability to use your body effectively in any of life’s physically challenging situation.
So what happens if your injury has already occurred? Not to worry! Pilates helps to heal many ailments and condition that can result from physical trauma. It is low impact, so perfect for tender joints, healing bones and mending muscles. This is why Pilates is one of the most popularly prescribed methods for people with arthritis and chronic joint pain. The minimal joint impact in your Pilates practise ensures you can work around new or existing conditions, and encourage their healing through active recovery.
Have you ever hurt your foot, causing you to hobble around for days, only then to develop pain your left knee? We often use other body parts to compensate for a weakened area in our bodies. Sometimes we don’t even realise we have these imbalances and often put up with our ‘dodgy knee’ or ‘bad back’. Pilates works the entire body’s muscular system holistically, helping to establish correct alignment and build efficient, effective movement.
Pilates is adaptable. Every human body is so different and the Pilates methods can be tailor made with your body in mind, including all those physical quirks, alignment issues, imbalances and injuries. It is important to see a professional as they will create a specific Pilates program with your level of health and skill in mind, and provide guidance to ensure you experience optimal health results.
So next time you’re enjoying that post Pilates glow, no matter whether your injury free or injury prone, know you’re on way to creating a body that is practically bulletproof.