Does your pain impact your day to day life? Are you having difficulty performing activities that you once considered to be a breeze? Have you been diagnosed with Chronic Pain Syndrome or Fibromyalgia?
If this sounds familiar, it is time to increase the priority of your health- you shouldn’t have to feel like this every day. Clinical Pilates may be the answer for you.
What is Clinical Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is run by health professionals and consists of:
- A 1:1 initial consultation to ensure the program set suits your needs
- Goal-based programs
- Classes consisting of up to 3 participants
Benefits of Clinical Pilates:
Reduces Pain Levels
- Increasing exercise slowly over the weeks is a great way to manage your pain.
- Identifying tight, restricted areas can help to manage your pain. Back pain can stem from tightness in many places for example. One or more of your hamstrings, hip flexors, thoracic rotation or in some cases the fascia in your feet can all contribute to back pain.
- As we continue to manage your pain levels through basic movements, the next step is to get stronger. This helps to improve your capacity of what you can achieve on a day to day basis.
Improve Sleep Quality & Duration
Exercise is important when it comes to sleep. If pain is keeping you up at night or you are finding yourself restless with thoughts filling your mind exercise is a way to reduce both of these. Exercise regulates Cortisol. Cortisol is a crucial hormone when it comes to energy levels and sleep quality. Cortisol is released as part of our ‘fight or flight’ response- which is released when we are stressed. Stress was originally meant to be a short term thing- running from dangers and predators in the wild but as we have evolved stress has become an increasingly common part of our lives. Stress about work or family, or friends, or finance, we stress now more than ever. Sometimes we stress to a point where we feel like we can’t ever relax. This has lead to higher blood pressure, high resting heart rates and poor sleep quality.
Reduces Stress & Improves Concentration
There are two types of stress- good stress and bad stress. Stress that falls into good stress generally is short term- such as exercise. When we exercise we get a sympathetic response in our body- our heart rate, blood pressure and adrenaline levels increase. This continues in relation to how hard we are working for the duration of the exercise. When we are done the opposite happens, our blood pressure drops to a level slightly below what it was before exercise leaving you feeling less stressed. This is an acute(short term) effect- however as you build exercise into your routine it can become a chronic(long term) benefit.
How often should I complete Pilates to get the optimal benefits?
Benefits have been seen from as little as 1 session per week for 12 weeks. Quicker results, however, are seen from those who completed 2-3 sessions per week. The combination of flexibility and strength aspects of Pilates provides a great way to manage pain in the short term(stretching) and keep you active and pain free in the long term(strengthening).