What's the Link Between Pilates and Core Stability?

Core Stability - Pilates

Core Stability vs Pilates

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 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.

Is Pilates for Everyone?

Sadly, No! Exercise programs that aim to develop your deep core strength can often do just the opposite. The most common reason for injury and back pain is the incorrect timing of core muscle recruitment. 

Pilates, Yoga, gym strengthening and other forms of exercise place high demands on your core stability system. If the core muscle recruitment order is abnormal, your chance of injury increases in proportion with the exercise difficulty.

Remember, if you build a tower on a poor foundation it will eventually topple. The same goes for your core stability muscles.

Look what happened to the Leaning Tower of Pisa... it's obviously got lousy core stability! 

However, recruiting the deeper core muscles prior to your superficial layers just like adding floors to a sturdy skyscraper and your back will be strong and pain-free forever. 

Why is it Important to Specially Retrain your Core Stability Muscles?

Once the core muscles become weak and their timing is incorrect you can experience prolonged back pain and are at much greater risk of re-occurrence. 

Research has identified that the order of core muscle recruitment is one of the most important factors in the prevention or resolution of pain.  Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy has proven particularly effective to correct the muscle recruitment order. 

To solve your back pain and to reduce your re-injury risk you must retrain these muscles back to an appropriate level for your needs. If you are fairly sedentary you may only need a low level of control, however, if you are a high-level sportsperson or a manual worker you will need to work up to a much higher level of core strength. 

What Should You Expect?

In the initial stage, you need to be able to activate these muscles consciously and incorporate them into an exercise program. A lot of people find it difficult to isolate these muscles and need help to be able to effectively activate them.

Research has discovered that real-time ultrasound-guided treatment is the most effective way to successfully retrain an isolated and well-timed core stability contraction. Only then, is it safe to progress onto Pilates and other gym exercise programs that stress your core stability. 

More information

Pilates is available at some of our PhysioWorks clinics.

Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy is available at some of our PhysioWorks clinics. 

Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy Clinics

To make your booking, please contact one of the following PhysioWorks clinics that provide Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy programs. 

Ashgrove Physio

Phone: 3366 4221

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Clayfield Physio

Phone: 3862 4544

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Sandgate Physio

Phone: 3269 1122

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    Last updated 17-Mar-2019 01:56 PM

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