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Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on the postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and the spine in healthy alignment. It is a form of exercise that creates bodily awareness, meaning that it makes it easier for you to be aware of the movement of your entire body. Pilates is a good form of exercise for Arthritis sufferers who shy away from other forms of exercise they may feel they can’t manage. Although Pilates exercises are not specifically designed for arthritis sufferers they will be of benefit as they will generally work in a wholesome manner affecting the entire body in a positive way.
Pilates can help people with Arthritis in numerous ways. It is now a very acceptable form of exercise for Arthritis that can aid in pain relief. This has become the norm for many Arthritis sufferers and many doctors are now prescribing Pilates as a treatment for arthritis sufferers.
Arthritis leads to a stiffening of the joints so it is important that you keep the affected joints mobile. Pilates can reduce joint pain and stiffness by increasing flexibility, muscle strength and endurance. Pilates can work as part of a comprehensive Arthritis treatment plan. Doing Pilates will also help those who have Arthritis because it will help them to build strength.
As arthritis is a painful condition, sufferers may avoid exercise in an attempt to decrease pain, but this can lead to stiffness and weakness. Pilates does not require arthritis patients to lift heavy weights and dumb-bells to gain strength, instead it uses subtle movements and exercises in order to build your bodily strength. This form of strengthening exercise is tolerated well by many people with arthritis.
Pilates is gentle, as it does not stress your joints or add burden to your ligaments and cartilage that surround the joints. It can help with your osteoarthritis by lengthening your body through Pilates movements, which might help to relieve soreness. Movement can help to improve circulation and it may also serve to relieve aches and stiffness. Subtle improvements in posture may result in fewer aches and pains too.
One of the most common problems faced by people suffering with Arthritis is fatigue. Typically, Pilates exercises are developed in a special way to help patients in improving the stamina of their joint muscles and to ultimately diminish fatigue-related issues.
Here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy, we offer Pilates classes from beginner to advanced level. Pilates has been proven to work, but it needs to be practiced on a regular basis. It requires dedication and repetition to be effective in helping those with arthritis.