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Good questions!! Hopefully this blog will help to answer some of the queries and questions frequently raised on this subject.
Before addressing why, WHAT is Pilates?!
Pilates is a low impact mindful form of exercise that focuses on postural alignment, core strength, flexibility and muscle balance. Pilates helps you to build an increased awareness of your body and your control over it! There is a strong emphasis on form – i.e. “how” you perform the exercises.
Pilates is different from Yoga, in very basic terms Yoga focuses more on dynamic stretching and often classes have a considerable spiritual element. That said they do have some similarities and undoubtedly complement one another.
You may well have noticed that there are now a wide variety of Pilates classes available. All Pilates is based on the exercise regime that Joseph Pilate’s developed in the mid 1900’s.
Classical Pilates looks to preserve what Joseph taught in its purest form – closely following the original movements that he devised.
Contemporary Pilates has the advantage (in our view) of continually updating the original form of Pilates with advances in medical, anatomical and physiological knowledge.
Clinical Pilates could be considered a subset of Contemporary Pilates – and this is the form of Pilates taught and promoted by the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute), with whom all of our physios have trained. There is a strong focus on current research, particularly with regard to stabilisation muscles and their relationship with back pain.
The APPI was founded by 2 physios – one a dancer and the other a triathlete. They took the “classical” repertoire of exercises and broke them down, modified them, and made them suitable for everyone – including those in need of rehabilitation. There is a strong focus on “neutral” positioning of the spine and pelvis, along with low level sustainable activation of the deep postural muscles. The aim being that what you learn in class you transfer (consciously and subconsciously!) straight into all your everyday activities.
So I am sure you already have the gist of “Why Pilates?” and “Why APPI?” – we feel that absolutely everyone should do Pilates – an hour (or maybe 2!) of mindful exercise to improve your posture, how your body feels and moves, promoting balance, strength and helping to keep you injury free – has got to be a good thing!!!
Our matwork classes are suitable for absolutely anyone – whether you wish to improve your triathlon times or if you would just like to negotiate your staircase into your nineties – we only have 10 people in each class so that we can keep a close eye on you and make sure you get the most out of the class.
We use a range of small equipment to keep the classes varied and our clients challenged. We do ask that everyone comes for a 1 to 1 session before joining a class and if you feel that 1 to 1 (or 1 to 2) sessions would be more your cup of tea as opposed to joining a class, we can arrange this for you.
We also have a reformer and chair (pieces of Pilates equipment) at Back into Action – but that’s a whole other story (blog)!!
If you are at all interested, have any queries or questions please do drop us a line or give us a call…
The number of people running is always increasing – which is great news – but whether you are a seasoned pro or a social jogger, the stats show that there is a fine balance between progressive training and avoiding injury.
This is not a suggestion to stop running!!! But we would urge you to consider your running on a deeper level!
So how do you keep running and avoid injury? Glen suggests the answer is multifactorial – considering “Correct running form”, “Running Load” and “Imbalances in the bodies muscle system”.
To address each of those factors a good start is to consider your awareness of your body, how it moves, and your ability to influence/control movement.
Here comes the advertising……..our lovely physio Laura Collins has just completed a course on the “Functional Biomechanics of Running”. The course focused on gait and running analysis, re education and injury prevention. Identifying previous injuries or mechanisms which affect running style and addressing them through dynamic and functional activation exercise to correct running technique.
We already ready treat a high number of clients who have experienced running related problems and all of our physios are experienced in this area.
In addition to the services our fab physios can offer, there is now evidence to support the theory that Pilates can help decrease injury in runners - great news!!
We run both day time and evening Pilates classes here at Back Into Action, all instructors are qualified physiotherapists who have trained with the APPI.
If you would like to join a class, or to book an appointment please call us on 01684 772 192 or email us at email@example.com
Our very own lovely Laura (ex national and international hockey player) gave a bit back to the younger community at the Lionesses hockey weekend and Back into Action were thrilled to provide a little sponsorship to the event as well.
The Lionesses is an ambassadorship to promote sport, particularly hockey and to play with the right attitude, be part of a team and enjoy the game you love no matter what age, standard, ability you are.
A great attitude for life what ever your sport/activity/challenge!
It's that time of year again, the roads are drying up and the sun is starting to shine. Geraint Thomas has won his second stage race of the year in the Paris Nice "Race to the Sun" and the roads are starting to fill up with the spring cyclists. Turbo trainers are being put away and the tarmac is beckoning ...
There really is no better time to make sure that you and your bike are set up correctly to tackle what lies ahead. For every 100 miles cycled we press on our pedals approximately 56,000 times. That's a lot of wasted energy and potential pain if you're not set up correctly.
Pop in or give us a ring at Back into Action to book your spring bike fit with James.
Low back pain is one of the most commonly reported health problems in the UK, where around three-quarters of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Low back pain most commonly diagnosed (90%) as Non-Specific Low Back Pain (NSLBP) which means that the pain and stiffness is not identified to be due to a specific muscle, nerve, ligament, vertebral structure or soft-tissue cause. Low back pain can be caused by specific health conditions but they are far less common. However, it is important to be assessed and screened by a Healthcare Professional to rule out other causes of back pain which may require other investigation and treatment.
It is important to remember that low back pain is normal and will usually resolve itself within 1-3 months through remaining active, using over-the-counter pain control and the incorporation simple self-treatment such as using heat and ice packs. Around 10-20% of individuals who experience back pain have pain that persists beyond 3 months. At this point the cause and cycle of low back pain can be greater than just the initial anatomical and physiological causes, where an individual will have other associations with the pain, most commonly being a psycho-social element of disability and pain perception. From here it may be necessary for input from multiple healthcare professionals to treat and manage each element of the problem.
Neck pain can be a sudden onset (acute) bout of pain or more gradual long-term ache and niggle. Around two out of three people will experience neck pain at some point in their lives and it’s important to remember that neck pain, like low back pain, is normal. In most cases of neck pain, the causes of pain are unclear and like low back pain, the majority of neck pain is termed Non-Specific Neck Pain (NSNP) and most likely due to small injury to tendons and muscles, repetitive movements and poor posture.
Hydrotherapy, manual therapy and exercise therapy have been demonstrated to be effective for the treatment, management and prevention of both low back pain and neck pain.