While Pilates is famous for creating strong, lean muscles and toning abs, it is another important application for injury rehabilitation. Certain types of Pilates, such as Clinical Pilates, can help with injuries rehabilitation, whether it is recovery from a stroke to back pain. In fact, you don’t need to be suffering from a serious injury to use Pilates.
Even if it’s just doubt, Pilate still offers enormous benefits. Let’s dive a little deeper; why Pilates is effective for injury rehabilitation and how it can help you recover from injury.
What Makes Pilates Effective for Injury Rehabilitation?
Pilates is a holistic form of exercise that works well for injury recovery. This approach means your instructor will work on your entire body when treating your injury, rather than just focusing on the problem area. With this, any disparities in the body that may be producing compensatory patterns will be recognised and taken care of. This will also prevent the injury from reoccurring.
Besides, Pilates is more flexible than traditional forms of injury rehabilitation. The workout can also easily be modified to make them achievable but still very much effective. And the Pilates equipment makes adapting the workout easier. Working with an experienced Pilates instructor also means you will avoid worsening your injury. With the help of your Pilate instructor, you can work on mobility, strength, and the right movement patterns, without aggravating the injured area.
When you are suffering from injury, working on your mind is also worth considering. Studies have shown that mental distress can increase the time it takes for an injury to heal. Pilates can support this area of your injury rehabilitation by reducing your stress level.
How Pilates Work for Injury Recovery
Pilates tackles muscular imbalances - a major source of injuries. Pilates lay an emphasis on unilateral movements. This exercise helps improve even muscles on both sides of your body. Moreover, Pilates can be a great choice for improving posture, which is a common cause of injury. It focuses on strengthening the back, glutes and on mobilising the mid-spine in great alignment.
Pilate equipment is also helpful when it comes to rehabilitating bad movement patterns. The design of the equipment creates a supportive and controlled exercise environment. This allows your Pilate instructor to analyse your movements and see what you are doing wrong. Once they have established the problem of the injury, your instructor can then provide a solution.
Can Pilates Help Prevent Injuries?
Yes, Pilates can help prevent injuries, especially for athletes. Most sports activities require recurring movements, which usually put a strain on the part of the body involved. Pilates instructors are specialists in movement analysis. Whether it is your walking gait or running, your golf swing or swimming stroke, the Pilates approach can pinpoint the areas of muscle imbalance that have the tendency to lead to injury.
How Can We Help?
Whether you are recovering from an injury or looking to strengthen a certain part of your body to prevent injuries, call Movement 101 to discuss your goal. Our experienced Pilates instructors will be happy to help you.
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