Why choose Pilates?

Pilates is an effective form of exercise for your spinal joints as well as for the upper and lower extremities because it provides progressive weight bearing. The exercises can be tailored to meet individual needs in a safe manner. The Pilates Reformer utilises spring resistance, which can be varied to allow for progressive strengthening of muscles and stabilising of joints. This exercise is low impact and increases strength without causing joint irritation.

Pilates exercises can help reduce joint pain and stiffness, including lower and upper back, hips, knees, and shoulders. This is achieved by improving joint mobility and muscle strength as well as muscular endurance to support the joints.

Sarah uses the Pilates method to assist sciatica, arthritis, hypermobility,Rotator Cuff injury, Osteoporosis, Hip or knee replacements, Non specific lower back disorders, Herniated Disc, Piriformis syndrome, Tennis or golfer elbow, Trochanteric bursitis of the hip, Meniscal tears, Ligament injuries to name just few!

Do you have any injuries?

Injuries can be managed by focussing on restoring efficient movement patterns assisting in function rather than treating pain directly. This is achieved by identifying contributing factors and addressing any biomechanical compensatory patterns. Sarah follows a systematic movement-based approach being trained to observe and understand optimal and non-optimal movement strategies.  She is fully certified and trained in injuries through Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy, Orthopaedic Pilates Conditions and Level 4 Management of Low Back Pain.

Pilates for a Healthy Back

The objective of Pilates is to stabilise the weak areas and move the restrictions. By stabilising weak and hyper-mobile spinal segments, better movement patterns can be achieved. Improving the freedom of movement overall for a healthy spine can also help to alleviate pressure on hyper mobile joints.  

Pilates exercises are known to be “core-centric” with the emphasis primarily on recruiting the core, then working towards the periphery. The result is more efficient abdominal recruitment patterns, increased spinal stability and stronger and thicker musculature that can support the spine. 

The Evidence

Evidence-based research suggests that a core strengthening programme may be beneficial in reducing pain scores, functional disability, and reoccurrence of acute low back pain episodes. The Royal College of General Practitioners advises people to consider a structured exercise programme on a 1:1 basis or in a group scenario with a maximum of 10 people and recommends including aerobic activity, movement instruction, muscle strengthening, postural control and stretching.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in the UK “NICE” guidelines for Low Back Pain recommends a group exercise programme (biomechanical, aerobic, mind–body or a combination of approaches) within the NHS for people with a specific episode or flare-up of low back pain with or without sciatica. This includes Pilates exercise.

NB: If you are suffering from acute low back pain, you must consult a medical specialist before starting any exercise programme.

Why contemporary Pilates?

Programmes are scientifically based and the Pilates exercises are designed to prevent common injuries by balancing the muscles around the joints. The aim is to restore and maintain healthy movement patterns. Pilates is widely recommended by medical professionals as one of the safest ways to develop strength with low impact on joints.

Movement Matters

“Change happens through movement and movement heals.” (Joseph Pilates)

It can be frustrating when simple daily tasks are compromised such as tying your shoelaces, removing a shirt, bending to pick up an object etc. The ageing process combined with injury can be contributing factors to the quality and quantity of movement as mobility decreases due to spine and joint stiffness. Certain exercises are not recommended for specific injuries/back pain and Sarah will advise through her level of expertise as to what is appropriate for you.