Pilates for Shoulder Pain
Article by Sarah Anderson
What is Pilates?
Pilates is essentially a mind-body connection exercise that centres on awareness of breath control and alignment and precision of movement. It was created by a man named Joe Pilates. His belief was that injuries stemmed from imbalances or maladaptive movement patterns in the body, which resulted in compensations or over/under-development in other regions of the body. Hence, he developed a series of exercises that systematically restored balance to the body with the aim of prevention of injury recurrence.
How Does Pilates Help Shoulder Pain?
The muscles around your shoulder blades and rib cage serve a postural role for your upper body. Movement of the arms is also contingent on strong functioning of these shoulder blade muscles in conjunction with the rotator cuff muscles. Through specific movement patterns, Pilates can teach you how to effectively use these muscles, thus reducing strain on the shoulder joint and rotator cuff. And since Pilates emphasizes a whole-body focus, it will increase your awareness of how you use your neck muscles in relation to your shoulders and back, which further enhances your posture and reduces recurrence of injury.
What's the Link Between Pilates and Core Stability?
The whole 'core stability' phenomenon started back in the 1920's with a chap named Joseph Pilates, who's exercise regimes have become quite trendy in the last ten years.
Pilates talked about developing a 'girdle of strength' by learning to recruit the deep-trunk muscles. Even without a complete knowledge of anatomy and the benefits of the latest muscle activity research, he was aware of the importance of these deep muscles and their supportive effects.
Put simply, core stability training specifically targets the smaller and deeper back and stomach muscles. Once recruited, these muscles control the position of the spine during dynamic movements of your body.
How Do You Know if Pilates is Suitable for You?
At PhysioWorks, we only want clients who are suitable for clinical pilates to participate.
Before enrolling in one of clinical pilates groups, one of our clinical pilates physiotherapists will assess and screen you for suitability. While most clients are able to participate in pilates classes you may require some individual treatment or to perform some specific pre-pilates homework to ensure that you benefit the most from your pilates classes.
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