Strokes, car crash injuries, and degenerative illnesses can all lead to limited mobility, stiffness, and impaired functionality. As you age, you may end up working with a physical therapist either to reduce pain associated with aging or to recover from illness or trauma.
Many Americans benefit from short-term physical therapy, but what happens post-therapy? How can you continue working on reducing your symptoms?
From our staff at Momentum Physical Therapy, here’s how you can use Pilates to continue to strengthen your body and maintain your functionality after physical therapy.
You’ve probably heard of Pilates before, as it’s often touted as an effective weight-loss tool. While it can help you burn calories, Pilates was created in the 20th century with rehabilitation in mind.
The creator of the Pilates exercises, Joseph Pilates, used a reformer, a machine meant to help wounded soldiers build muscle and regain functionality. Pilates exercises have changed over the decades, and the reformer is rarely used nowadays. However, the focus of the exercises has remained the same: rehabilitation.
Joseph Pilates believed that a strong core is vital to recovery. The muscles in your core are responsible for keeping you upright, maintaining your posture, and carefully distributing the weight on your lower body.
When the stabilizer muscles in your upper body are weak, the muscles in your back and lower body have to work harder, leading to strain and injuries.
Research continues to suggest that a sedentary lifestyle after major surgery is a predictor for early mortality. Little to no physical activity also negatively impacts patients who have poor posture, joint pain, and back pain, as less activity often translates to muscle loss and loss of functionality.
On the flip side, studies suggest that Pilates exercises can prevent these negative scenarios by balancing the muscular forces around your joints and reducing strain on the spine. Patients who regularly practice Pilates are also less susceptible to falls and back pain.
APPI Pilates is a form of pilates designed by a physical therapist and used on patients recovering from trauma or illnesses. It helps stabilize the cervical and lumbopelvic region.
At Momentum Physical Therapy, we offer Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) Pilates private sessions, so you can continue your fitness and recovery journey in a safe, controlled environment. Our staff is certified in the APPI Pilates methods and well-equipped to guide you in exercises to relieve your pain and increase your mobility.
We also offer aquatic therapy for patients who can’t participate in traditional physical therapy due to chronic pain.
If you live in Los Angeles, California, contact us by calling or scheduling an appointment online to learn more about private Pilates instruction and get started on the next steps in your recovery.