Barre pilates Classes – you’ve heard the name but what exactly is this latest way to slim and tone the body? In a nutshell barre pilates is a combination of ballet, dance and pilates. The term barre is used as in the class there is a barre which is used to prop as a balance, combined with moving to mat and standing positions to target all major muscle groups. It combines cardio with strength and flexibility taking the benefits of pilates and dance/ballet and combining them.
It has long been established that to preform at a peak level, professional athletes train their bodies to the maximum, to push to new boundaries, to force their muscles to produce more power, speed, distance, strength and endurance. Every professional coach and athlete alike, will attest to the fact that more often than not, there is a very fine line between maximum training load and overload causing injury and every distance athlete will agree, that they are constantly toeing that line. Pilates has long been hailed for its benefits with regards to strength, flexibility and stability and has been increasingly used in the professional Triathlon arena to complement training methods and help prevent injury.
Pilates and the current literature – opinions, interpretations and facts. Read more
There are 20 pairs of muscles in the neck, which can be divided into two main groups: the superficial sleeve and the deep sleeve. To stabilize the head on the body, there needs to be adequate balance between the two groups. The primary role of the superficial sleeve is to allow movement in all directions to be produced. The deep sleeves role is to wrap around the vertebra of the neck and act as a stabilizer. Without enough activation of the deep sleeve, the contraction of the superficial muscles can cause a buckling action to the vertebra in the neck. Through Postural correction in Pilates and physiotherapy rehabilitation, we can strengthens these deep neck flexors to prevent neck pain and improve overall spinal position. Read more
So what can you do about persistent pain?
Ask yourself if you could have some other biopsychosocial factors contributing to your persistent pain to help you better understand why you are still experiencing this pain well past the predicted timeframes.
The human body is an amazing structure, made up of many different cellular mechanisms that help it to grow, repair, change, move, adapt and function. It is no wonder that when it comes to understanding how everything works, that there is still a multitude of information still yet to discover. This is particularly true in the case of chronic- or what has now been dubbed “Persistent” Pain. Persistent pain is pain that has been present for greater than three months, following an episode of acute or insidious onset injury and one in five Australians suffer from Persistent Pain. What we know about this is that often, the inflammatory period has resolved but for some reason, the pain has not. So what happens when we injure ourselves? How does the body tissue heal itself? What happens when the pain doesn’t go away? Why is this problem something that we see on a daily basis in our Pilates clinic? “Pain is the unpleasant sensory and emotional experience we associated with actual or potential tissue damage..” Read more
The popularity of running is ever-increasing. Whether it is for health and fitness, recreation, competition or stress reduction, it is a fantastic, inexpensive way to expel energy and enjoy the outdoors. Due to the impact and the repetitive nature of running, unfortunately there is a high injury toll associated with it especially involving the knees. Patellofemoral pain syndrome is an extremely common injury complaint of runners. As Physiotherapists we understand the importance of exercise in a healthy lifestyle. Our aim is to work with you to help you achieve your goals and to keep you running for as long as possible, by addressing any potential risk factors for injury. Read more
Improve Golf Swing with Pilates: Are you trying to work on your golf swing and just not getting anywhere? Did you know that Pilates can improve your game and can help keep you injury free? Pilates is a type of exercise that focuses on improving muscular strength, flexibility, co-ordination, balance and mobility and stability of the spine, shoulder, pelvis and hips. All these factors can lead to an improved golf performance. Read more
Many women don’t cope well with strenuous exercise routines in abdominal/ core, combat and attack classes at the gym, even the LOW impact “options” within some of the Les Mills classes are really not considered “safe” for the pelvic floor in a lot of cases. Bladder weakness can be aggravated or caused through inappropriate exercise and it is very important to understand the effect of different sorts of exercise on the pelvic floor, to enable women to choose the correct exercise regime for them.
Prolonged Sitting – What’s the harm:
Pain and injuries as a result of work is a drastically increasing problem and the number of people working in jobs that require them to sit for long periods of time is also increasing. Prolonged sitting has been in the news recently with more and more evidence coming to light that it is a risk factor for some serious health conditions. It is also widely accepted that prolonged sitting is associated with musculoskeletal pain and disorders. Therefore, we need strategies to help minimise the risk of injuries and pain, while still being able to work effectively.
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