Health Benefits of Pilates ‐ Joints, injuries and back pain.
There are many health benefits of pilates. In this post I want to focus on the medical benefits of pilates. Pilates is not physiotherapy and pilates instructors are not medically trained. However Pilates is a full body workout and it can help in some medical conditions. Originally Joseph Pilates, created a number of exercises for men who were injured during the first world war to help them recover and move again. After the war he started to work with boxers and dancers. Some of health benefits of pilates are improvement in joint mobility, injury recovery and lower back pain.
1. Health benefits of pilates is joint mobility.
In everyday life our bodies often move not necessarily in the best way due to bad habits, different strengths, flexibility or as a result of injuries. Movement can be restricted. Pilates focuses on improving your range of motion. You will do a number of exercises which focusing on increasing that range of movement especially in your spine. Your spinal column is built from a number of small bones and muscles. It can be difficult to target all of them. This is one of the goals and benefits of pilates.
2. Health benefits of pilates ‐ reducing and preventing lower back pain.
Pain in lower back is often caused by habits that we take for granted, for example sitting hunched over your desktop for long hours, heavy lifting without bending your knees and in general bad posture. Pilates has a strong focus on lower back exercises in specific which helps you improve that area. You will also strengthen your abdominal muscles. This will help you hold your spine tall and in conjunction, you will learn to move your body in a more beneficial way which holds long term benefits.
3. Health benefits of pilates ‐ prevention and recovery from injury.
If you practise pilates regularly your muscles lengthen and strengthen. Your joint mobility will improve. You will reduce any imbalance in your body and rebalance your posture. This will help to prevent your body from getting injured. And the other way, if you’ve had an injury by practising pilates you will increase muscular strength and joint mobility which will help you to recover from the injury. I like the first scenario better and I encourage you to do pilates regularly to prevent injuries:)
After university, when I started my first office job after only a few months I was experiencing pain in my back. I was terrified that my adult life would be impacted by that forever. I researched how to prevent such long term impacts at the time and this is how my pilates journey begun. I haven’t had back pain since and this is one of many benefits of pilates. My knees are better and I can walk much more. My body is strong and I feel well. Health benefits of pilates are improved joint mobility, prevention or reduction in lower back pain and better injury recovery. I recommend practicing 2-3 hours a week, however you will also improve from exercising for only an hour a week regularly. The greatest benefit of pilates is that you just feel good about yourself:)