Many injuries are caused by muscular imbalances within our bodies. And many things cause these imbalances - our posture, the way we walk, bend over, sit, lie down, or work out - basically the way we move. Most of us move incorrectly in some way or another, which puts too much pressure on some muscles and weakens others, causing an imbalance.
Take the back, for example: the way we move may put too much pressure on the spine, while weakening the pelvic muscles in the front of the body or vice-versa. Either scenario creates an imbalance, which means the body is much more perceptible to serious strains, pulls, tears or worse.
Pilates exercises promote an even musculature throughout the body by strengthening the core. The core is considered the "centre" of the body and consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Pilates also stresses spinal and pelvic alignment, which is critical in getting us to move the way we're supposed to move to avoid injury.
Part of its success is indeed based on the approach to the principles of Pilates - core strength, an even musculature, etc. But another reason is that it provides a greater degree of flexibility than most conventional forms of physical therapy. This is true because Pilates exercises can be modified for each person and still be extremely effective. You can go from basic movements to very advanced, depending on how a patient needs to progress or how badly they are injured.
Pilates can work with injuries that alter a persons ability to live and move without pain.
Lower back pain
Postural pain, neck pain and headaches
Pre-, Ante- and Post- Natal Care
Pelvic Floor Strengthening
Balance and Bone Strengthening
Post Surgical Rehabilitation including shoulders, hips and knees
Rotator Cuff Rehabilitation
Specific Sports Conditioning
As long as you can get on and off the Reformer safely, all ages can use it. The exercises can be performed lying, kneeling, sitting or standing aiding your return to sport, walking or whatever your goal is.
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