What is Pilates?
Pilates refers to a form of exercise that focuses on activating your deep core muscles and incorporates them into safely controlling various movements.
Many approaches to pilates vary in difficulty and skill level, equipment and the aim of the exercises.
As taught at some of our PhysioWorks clinics in Brisbane, clinical Pilates is specifically designed for people with back, neck or shoulder pain and movement dysfunction! Clinical pilates includes exercises that train your core muscles to switch on during dynamic movements of your body.
Why is Pilates Important for You?
Your core muscles are very important in providing stability at each spine segment during movement. Research shows that the core muscles tend to “switch off” or become underactive in people with back pain. Although the initial episode of back pain may settle, 80% of people with an acute back pain incident will develop recurring back pain within one year of the initial injury.
Core stability retraining is vital to the rehabilitation process and will markedly reduce your risk of re-injury. These muscles must learn to switch on when you are not moving and during day-to-day activities such as rolling over in bed, bending over, reaching and sitting at a desk for prolonged periods.
Pilates has been proven to effectively re-train all of your core muscles through various movements and can be altered to cater to your individual needs!
Who is Suited to Pilates?
Sadly, Pilates isn’t for everyone! Overaggressive pilates exercises that are too difficult for your body can cause pain and injury. PhysioWorks regularly treats patients who have increased their back pain at poorly run or supervised pilates classes.
Pilates, Yoga, gym strengthening and other forms of exercise can place high demands on your core stability system. If the core muscle recruitment order is abnormal, your chance of injury increases proportionally 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 got lousy core stability!
However, recruiting the deeper core muscles before your superficial layers, like adding floors to a sturdy skyscraper, will make your back strong and pain-free forever.
What’s the Link Between Pilates and Core Stability?
The ‘core stability’ phenomenon started in the 1920s with Joseph Pilates, whose exercise regimes have become trendy in the last ten years.
Pilates talked about developing a ‘girdle of strength’ by learning to recruit deep-trunk muscles. Even without complete knowledge of anatomy and the benefits of the latest muscle activity research, he was aware of these deep muscles’ importance and supportive effects.
Core stability training explicitly targets the smaller and deeper back and stomach muscles. Once recruited, these muscles control the spine’s position during dynamic movements of your body.
Article by Zoe Russell
Sports Physiotherapy FAQs
Sports Physiotherapy is the specialised branch of physiotherapy which deals with injuries and issues related to spokespeople. Practitioners with additional formal training within Australia are Sports & Exercise Physiotherapists.
What is Sports Physiotherapy?
Sports injuries do differ from common everyday injuries. Athletes usually require high-level performance and demands placed upon their bodies, which stresses their muscles, joints and bones to the limit. Sports physiotherapists help athletes recover from sporting injuries and provide education and resources to prevent problems. Each sports physiotherapist usually has sport-specific knowledge that addresses acute, chronic and overuse injuries. Their services are generally available to sportsmen and women of all ages engaged in sports at any level of competition.
Members of Sports Physiotherapy Australia (SPA) have experience and knowledge of the latest evidence-based practice, professional assessment and diagnosis of sports injuries, and effective hands-on management techniques and exercise protocols to assist recovery and prevent future damage. SPA members have access to the most recent advances in sports physiotherapy. You'll be pleased to know that most PhysioWorks physiotherapists and massage therapists are particularly interested in sports injury management.
General Sports Physio FAQs
- Sports Physiotherapy
- Acute Sports Injury Clinics
- Sports Physiotherapy Treatment
- Youth Sports Injuries
- Sports Injury? What to do? When?
- When Can You Back to Sport?
- Sports-Related Injuries
- Knee Sports Injuries
- Sports Health Conditions
Understanding Common Muscle Injuries: A Comprehensive Guide
Muscle pain, also known as myalgia, can result from various causes and can affect different areas of the body. Managing and preventing discomfort requires a clear understanding of these common muscle injuries. This comprehensive guide aims to explore several sources of muscle pain, including injuries in the neck and back, strains in the lower limbs, conditions in the upper limbs, systemic causes, and more.
To provide valuable insights into the management of common muscle injuries, this guide offers answers to frequently asked questions and suggests products that can aid in your recovery. Access additional information about each specific injury by clicking the provided links.
Neck & Back Muscle Injuries
Lower Limb Muscle Injuries
Upper Limb Muscle Injuries
Systemic Causes of Myalgia
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Common Ligament Injuries
Ligament injuries are common in the human body, often causing pain, discomfort, and limitations in mobility.
Various body parts are prone to ligament injuries, such as the knee, ankle, shoulder, wrist, hand, and spine. Among the most prevalent are knee ligament injuries, which include ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries, as well as MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) and LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament) sprains.
In addition, ligament injuries can affect other areas, such as the shoulder, leading to AC (Acromioclavicular) joint injuries and dislocated shoulders. Wrist and hand ligament injuries, including thumb and finger sprains, are also common. Furthermore, ligament injuries can occur in the spine, resulting in back and neck sprains and conditions like "text neck" and whiplash. Understanding these common ligament injuries is essential for prevention, early diagnosis, and effective treatment, enabling individuals to regain their functionality and resume their daily activities.
Knee Ligament Injuries
- Knee Ligament Injuries
- ACL Injury
- PCL Injury
- MCL Sprain
- LCL Sprain
- Posterolateral Corner Injury
- Patella Dislocation
- Superior Tibiofibular Joint Sprain