So many people are under the impression people only use Pilates for pain.

The fact is yes, Pilates is an effective way to help with pain and discomfort around joints and muscles. However, Pilates teachers are not doctors or medical professionals - unless of course they're qualified. I have helped train Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Massage therapists and more in the Pilates technique. In conjunction with their practice Pilates has proved an effective tool.

Lady with red inflamed back muscles

When pain in non-specific - you've been gardening, or slept badly, waking with a stiff neck, a Pilates for Pain session may be just the thing to relieve the discomfort. A well trained Pilates teacher will have the knowledge to offer an effective class that won't aggravate your situation.

A brief questionnaire about your pain may lead them to suggest a medical diagnosis. With more information from a Physiotherapist or Osteopath a Pilates teacher can decide on the best path forward for your programme.

Often medical practitioners will recommend Pilates for clients dealing with long-term pain management. These clients may be fearful of movement which their medical professional knows is the best way forward to help them deal with everyday tasks. A Pilates/medical collaboration has proved effective for clients with chronic pain


Pilates for Pain Prevention

Taking regular Pilates classes is an effective preventative measure to avoid pain from joint stiffness if you're less active, especially as you grow older. With age can come an assumption you'll be more prone to aches, pains and illness. This isn't necessarily true.

"We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing".

George Bernard Shaw

Senior with Parkinsons using weights

Staying active doesn't mean a strict regime of aggressive exercise. When you chose a structured programme like Pilates the class will be tailored to meet your needs. Stability, Mobility, Strength and Balance will be included at a level to suit your ability. With regular practice you'll notice an improvement in your confidence with movement, not only when attending class but in your everyday posture and confidence.

Pilates For Rehabilitation

When you've turned your ankle playing sport, or put your shoulder out over-reaching when decorating or any other sprain, break or muscle pull. When the pain has subsided you'll need to regain stability, mobility and strength in the affected muscles or joint.

Pilates is perfect for this sort of rehabilitation, With its controlled, precise exercises a gradual return to fitness and health are guaranteed.

In Conclusion

Pilates for Pain covers all areas from chronic pain or just regular Pilates classes to help avoid age-related changes to joints and muscles. Whatever you need from your Pilates class a good teacher will provide it. Whether you choose a group class or want a more personalised programme make sure your teacher is well qualified and experienced to help with your needs.

Why Pilates?

women using Pilates equipment

You may have been thinking about doing Pilates but you're not sure about the benefits. After all it's more expensive than most exercise classes available to you.   Here are REASONS TO DO PILATES to help you make a good decision:

 Improve Your Game

Whether that's Golf, Football, Tennis or any sport you enjoy. When your back doesn't hurt after a round of golf. When you don't need pain killers because of your big serve when you play Tennis. Good Reasons To Do Pilates. You'll learn how to engage and control your deep abdominal muscles to support your low back.

 Move More Easily

We need to be able to move with ease and with quick reactions when necessary. Keeping our ability to enjoy our sports for as long as we want. As we age to be able get out of a chair smoothly or take a walk without pain. Regular Pilates practice will allow you to keep your mobility and independence. A Great Reason To Do Pilates.

Quality Breathing

When your ability to take a deep breath is difficult it can affect many areas of life. Young or older the importance of breathing easily and effortlessly all the time is the basis of health. Pilates teaches a full breathing pattern throughout the class. Having this ability will allow you to take it into your daily life. You'll see improvement in your energy, you'll concentrate better and sleep will improve. Just a few Reasons To Do Pilates.

No special Kit Needed

Unlike most exercise programmes you don't need any special kit. No particular shoes are needed. Classes are bare-foot or with socks as Pilates is low impact. You just need to wear clothes that allow you to move freely without restrictions.

Everyone Is Welcome

There's no age limit for Pilates everyone is welcome. If you have particular health issues a professional Pilates teacher will be able to adapt the exercises for you. Age is no barrier either from young to not so young the exercises can be changed to help everyone get the full benefit. ageing

Couple stretching

So there you have it - there are many more REASONS TO DO PILATES these are just a handful to set you thinking.

Any Questions just email - I'm here to help.

Nuala Coombs
Pilates For You
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