How Pilates can prevent and heal injuries

Written on the 1 August 2013 by Studio Pilates

The fast pace of today's lifestyle means we are placing extra pressure on our minds and our bodies. With such a hectic pace, there is no wonder that rehabilitation programs have become exponentially popular we don't want our bodies stopping us from enjoying life, regardless of the severity of the injury. Research has shown that exercise is the single most important factor in helping prolong life and body function. Consequently,  we are constantly looking for the best methods of exercise which will prevent and fix injuries.

An injury, regardless of whether it was caused by trauma or lifestyle, is a catalyst for muscular imbalance. What this means is that the muscular system that keeps your body upright, and which also helps you move, becomes inefficient due to an undesirable mix of weakness, tissue tightness and spasm. This is why, even when an injury has progressed well past the stages of it being acutely painful, we experience difficulty moving and are unable to perform the activities we were capable of doing in our pre-injury state. Muscular imbalance also leaves us susceptible to re-injury of that same body part, or even a completely different area of your body. For example, it is very common to experience back pain after you have injured your hip joint.

Pilates was originally developed to help deal with injuries. Not only did it focus on developing strength, it did so with the optimal functioning of the body in mind. Pilates focuses on muscle isolation, with exercises that are used to target the weaker muscles affected by the imbalances in your body. This means that the exercises you do in Pilates strengthen parts of you that have been neglected via your normal exercise routine and lifestyle.

Not only is muscular strength a focus, but also strength in positions that are functional to everyday living. The Pilates repertoire teaches your body how to use the muscles that you have, in the correct order, especially during movements that closely resemble daily activities, like walking and lifting objects.

This is vitally important during rehabilitation as this begins to retrain the pathways in your nervous system, resulting in more efficient, pain-free movement. It is one thing to be strong during exercises, but there is another level of positional strength that needs to be achieved in order to fully recover from any injury. Pilates allows you to do this, as there are hundreds of different exercises that teach correct movement, in all stages of rehabilitation.

It is no coincidence that every exercise therapy or Allied Health clinic now includes Pilates in the services that they offer. Not only does it provide an excellent, research-proven strength program for injuries, it is also an amazing method for preventative health.

Studio Pilates offers training in Matwork Certification, small equipment and Studio equipment. We also offer Rehab Certification for Aliied Health Professionals. Our courses have been developed by registered physiotherapists, which gives participants a more detailed, anatomically based framework to apply their knowledge of the specific Pilates exercises learned in every course. 

 

Studio Pilates International is the preferred Pilates education supplier for these companies

 

 

 


Author: Studio Pilates