Pilates for Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
If you’re looking to transform your shape, Pilates is the workout you need in your life. Proven to build a strong core, create long lean muscle, improve posture and strengthen pelvic floor, Pilates is an excellent workout for both men and women, of all ages, abilities and physical conditions. But you already knew that. The benefits of Pilates extend much further than sculpting and toning and in this article we are putting Pilates under the spotlight as a preventative health measure and how, with regular sessions, Pilates can help with injury recovery.
There’s nothing worse than being injured. Apart from affecting your ability to move around, it can be frustrating when it impacts on your exercise schedule, and when left untreated, injuries can cause lifelong pain. No thanks! Thanks to it’s slow, methodical approach Pilates is great for injury prevention and rehabilitation. By increasing your core strength and flexibility, you’ll improve your body’s ability to move efficiently, adding an extra layer of protection against injury.
Pilates will get you back moving effectively and help you stay there!
We’ve rounded up some of the top reasons why Pilates is the ultimate exercise for injury prevention and rehabilitation:
Controlled movement – By slowing down the pace and executing moves properly, you’ll get the full benefit from each exercise and ensure you’re working the correct muscles. Focusing solely on the moves minimizes risk of injury. If something doesn’t feel right, let your instructor know.
Low impact – Pilates is an amazing workout for injured bodies because it doesn’t put strain on joints and weaker parts of the body.
Anti-inflammatory – Gentle, powerful stretches won’t irritate or inflame muscles.
No overuse –Sometimes full-on heavy cardio and weight sessions can cause muscles to strain and fatigue easily. In Pilates we keep reps low, so you’ll always feel the burn, but not to the point where the muscles are overworked.
Body awareness – Developing a stronger mind-body connection means you can be more aware of niggles, aches and pains and stop them in their tracks with stretches and exercises before they become worse. When done consistently, pilates will also help you to re-learn correct movement patterns, so you know how to ‘switch on’ the right muscles before doing engaging in certain activities or exercises.
If you’re recovering from injury and jumping into a class, be sure to let your instructor know. It’s important for us to know how your injury impacts your movement and abilities so we can provide modifications where necessary. A one on one session with one of our instructors is the best way to get started. Pop into the studio or call us on 6161 7591 and have a chat with one of our friendly team members.
Written by our very talented member Lucy Searle. Lucy is a beauty and lifestyle writer with a background in marketing and public relations. When she’s not writing you can probably find her doing pilates at Pure Moves. Read more of her stories at www.lucysays.com.au