Calf strengthening is not only a common denominator in alot of lower limb rehabilitation programs, but also plays an important role in lower limb mechanics, as well as a key aspect of injury prevention for certain lower limb injuries.
There are five good reasons why calf strengthening is important.
Ankle sprains. An injury that happens more often than we would like. Be it from a footy game or walking around in heels. It can be very stressful when you have sprained your ankle and you are unsure of how to manage it. Is further imaging is required? Should you go to the emergency department? Maybe it is not that bad, just sleep on it and it will be fine tomorrow? Where should you begin?
Diastasis Recti is the separation of your most external abdominal muscles. The main cause of a Diastasis is due to the continuous stretching of the connective tissue and the increase of the intra-abdominal force. Normally, the separation will lessen within the first 8 weeks post-partum, but it is common for many women that it stays stretched beyond this.
Clinical Pilates utilises movement and awareness to enhance your brain’s natural ability to learn new movement patterns. Research into Neuroplasticity indicates that the brain has lifelong potential for growth and acquiring new skills, so you’re never too old to learn!
Here are the benefits of Clinical Pilates if you’re over 60…
Clinical Pilates is beneficial for a variety of people! It can be used as a rehabilitative tool, injury prevention or optimise the body’s performance for life’s activities – sport, dancing or work. Not only is it effective, it’s also fun and many people will notice the benefits within a few weeks.
I may have left my bid to be an Ironman champion a little late at the ripe old age of thirty-something (let’s not get caught up in detail); but having just completed my first ever triathlon I wanted to provide some advice and encouragement to anyone else thinking of giving it a go.
Any increase in physical activity is proven to reduce your risk of many chronic health conditions. Secondly, if you can meet the WHO guidelines (150-300 minutes of moderate-vigorous exercise per week) you will further reduce your relative health risk as well as making weight management more achievable.