Pilates Q & A
What is Pilates?
Muscle imbalances are often the culprit behind chronic pain — your posture, the way you walk or run, how you bend over, etc. Putting too much pressure on certain muscles, while making too little use of others, can aggravate these imbalances, leading to chronic pain and tension.
Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise that engages your muscles to restore balance, which improves strength, flexibility, and mobility. At Allied Healthcare, LLC, Dr. Vickers, and his team use targeted exercises and stretches to help you regain the full function of injured muscles and tissues, optimizing alignment and preventing the reaggravation of previous injuries.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
When combined with physical therapy, Pilates can restore muscle strength, mobility, and more. While Allied Healthcare, LLC, does offer Pilates for fitness, Pilates for rehabilitation is modified to suit your unique needs.
Some of the most important benefits of Pilates for those recovering from injuries are that it:
- Strengthens muscles
- Improves mobility
- Restores flexibility
- Relieves muscle pain
- Improves sleep quality
- Reduces headaches and migraines
- Promotes weight loss
- Improves posture and alignment
- Prevents reinjury
Pilates focuses particularly on the importance of core strength, your body’s internal powerhouse. A strong core helps promote stability and mobility to condition your muscles in a healthy, low-impact way.
Which conditions can Pilates improve?
Because Pilates gently strengthens muscles, movement specialists often recommend incorporating it into your exercise routine if you have:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Back pain
- Joint pain
- Neck pain
- Poor posture
- Postsurgical pain
- Stiff muscles, especially in the morning
- Hip pain
- Previous injuries
Much like yoga, Pilates focuses on breathing techniques and helps you feel more in tune with your body. For many, this can help improve mental clarity, reduce anxiety, boosts energy levels, and even minimize depression symptoms.
Chronic pain can leave you feeling drained or fatigued. By incorporating a low-impact exercise like Pilates into your rehabilitation program, you can improve your overall health and fitness while relieving chronic pain.
If you’re ready to regain control of your body, release back and neck muscle tension, and reduce chronic pain, talk to Dr. Vickers and his team of movement specialists about Pilates. To schedule an appointment with Allied Healthcare, LLC, call the office or book online today.