Pilates Neck Pain
Article by Nadine Stewart
Pilates for Neck Pain
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 Neck Pain?
Many people commonly associate Pilates with improvement of core strength in relation to back health. However, a major emphasis of Pilates is improving alignment of the entire body and thus enhancing overall postural awareness. Muscles that sit close to the spine in your neck region provide feedback to the brain about where the head is in space and thus serve a postural role. These muscles are called the deep neck flexors.
Research demonstrates that in conditions of chronic neck pain and whiplash these muscles sometimes do not fire as they should or do not fire at all. Pilates classes at PhysioWorks can help retrain the use and awareness of your deep neck flexor muscles. In targeting postural muscles through a range of exercises, Pilates improves the endurance of the muscles for sustained activities such as prolonged sitting at work and thus, prevent recurrence of future injury.
Pilates Classes at PhysioWorks?
PhysioWorks operates small group pilates classes to provide a safe and steady progression from basic control to intermediate and advanced control. The small groups enable us to ensure that your quality of movement, alignment and technique is maintained.
Classes space is limited, so please book in advance to ensure your space!
Private Health Insurance Rebates Apply*
Pilates classes at PhysioWorks are recognised by most private health funds if they are recommended by a physiotherapist.
*Conditions may apply. Please check with your private health fund for their individual requirements.
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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