Whether you are beginning a New Year exercise challenge or just giving the house a thorough clean after taking down the Christmas decorations, sustaining an injury can be frustrating, debilitating and demoralizing, let alone painful. Thankfully, Pilates is a brilliant way to avoid injuries no matter what your activities involve.
Other than an unfortunate accident, physical injuries usually occur for one of several main reasons. One is simply having poor or incorrect technique when trying to perform an activity, placing undue stress on a joint or muscle. Another issue is having a particular joint or muscle group that is weaker, either because of poor posture or other health issues that have caused that body part to be underdeveloped. All of these increase the risk of injury, which then can cause a cascade effect across the rest of the body.
Increasing core strength and flexibility adds an extra layer of protection as this improves the ability to move efficiently. Improved balance, coordination, neuromuscular control and body awareness achieved by practicing Pilates also decreases injury-risk factors. Pilates teaches the body how to operate and move at its most optimal and functional, and it is now widely used by athletes to avoid injury and optimize performance.
Pilates is low-impact, meaning you won’t be suffering from inflammation or overuse of any particular joint or muscle through professionally guided Pilates practice. It also promotes high movement control, meaning you aren’t flailing about, but guiding your body through precise motions at all times. The flexibility and strength Pilates provides contributes directly to more dynamic physical control and awareness, lessening the chance of future injury.
So whether you are aspiring towards extreme athleticism, wanting to keep regularly active, or even just helping your general mobility and ability as you get older, practising Pilates, can offer overall body conditioning and a better quality of life.
Pilates Instructor and Physiotherapist