Treat your healthy back

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

In the last decade phys­io­ther­apy has adopted and adapted Pi­lates ex­er­cises to ben­e­fit pa­tients with low back pain. This is a happy part­ner­ship. The ex­per­tise of the phys­io­ther­a­pist can re­duce pain, and in­crease the sup­ple­ness and flex­i­bil­ity of the spine; and the pre­scrip­tive use of the cor­rect Pi­lates ex­er­cises pro­vides the strength to help pre­vent re­cur­rences. Joseph Pi­lates de­vel­oped the ex­er­cises and breath­ing to strengthen dancers, whilst main­tain­ing fluid easy move­ment in the 1920s. Pi­lates works to strengthen the "core mus­cles". This means the low back mus­cles, the ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles, and the pelvic floor. These mus­cles to­gether with the di­aphragm, hold the lower trunk firm and sup­ported, even when it is mov­ing. This gives a strong base for all other ac­tiv­i­ties-climb­ing, car­ry­ing, lift­ing, iron­ing, run­ning, row­ing, dancing, or sitting up straight etc. Be­cause Pi­lates ex­er­cises com­bine con­trolled breath­ing with the ex­er­cise, the di­aphragm is also used. Cor­rect breath­ing ben­e­fits many con­di­tions. The be­gin­ning Pi­lates ex­er­cises also strengthen pos­tural mus­cles, hold­ing the spine and shoul­ders cor­rectly. When these mus­cles be­come strong, peo­ple stand and move well. Peo­ple can also look much younger and fit­ter, re­duc­ing the mid­dle aged stoop!

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.