Restoring Physical Function With Pilates

Restoring Physical Function With Pilates

“Pilates defines the core as the powerhouse and aims at exercising the core musculature responsible for stability”

Pilates is a form of exercise which engages both the mind and body. It is also an effective form of movement adopted by physiotherapists, as a part of rehab therapy, as it is the art of performing slow controlled movements.

Prevents Further Degeneration

Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one vertebra slips over the other.Rehabilitation of such patients is mostly to exercise the abdominal group of muscles, so that further displacement of the vertebrae can be prevented. In degenerative conditions like cervical spondylosis and lumbar spondylosis, further degeneration can be prevented by strengthening the back musculature, so that the body weight and all the strain due to repeated activities, can be taken over by the muscles.

Strengths Deep Core Muscles

The most commonly encountered problem in recent days, is a disc bulge in the cervical and lumbar spine regions. Such problems can also be addressed by strengthening the deep core muscles which surrounds the spine, so that the entire load is taken by the muscles and not by the injured disc. In all the mentioned conditions, it is very dear that you need to have a strong core to avoid problems related to the spine. Pilates defines the core as the powerhouse and aims at exercising the core musculature. Core muscles, namely the pelvic floor muscles, transverse abdominis, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis, erector spinae, multifidus, gluteus, medius and maximus are responsible for stability and exercising these muscles, prevent most spine related issues.

Strengthens Muscles Of The Extremity Joints

Most musculoskeletal problems and spinal concerns are initially addressed by pain modalities, followed by strengthening and stretching the group of muscles surrounding the joints. In Pilates, training exercises are performed in various movement patterns, exercises are aimed at every part of the body and variation of exercise is in close connection with different kinds of functional activities that you do. Thus, exercises are aimed at strengthening the muscles of the extremity joints. These various movement patterns also help you to gain control and stability over the activities of daily life.

Promotes Overall Health And Prevents Injuries

Pilates combined with aerobic training helps to regulate blood pressure and glucose levels in the blood and thus becomes an effective exercise for hypertension and diabetes patients too. Pilates training improves core strength, thus enabling you to perform more of cardio exercises. Hence, Pilates training eventually leads to weight loss, improved flexibility, joint mobility, strength, endurance, balance and coordination. Thereby, this exercise system improves overall health and also promotes the prevention of sports injuries and ligament injuries too.

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