Will Clinical Pilates Help My Arthritis?
Finding the exercise activity and intensity that’s right for you isn’t always as easy as it sounds. We often see clients in our practice with advanced arthritis who are diligent with a general homogenous program to…for example.. “strengthen my glutes and quads”. They are putting in their best effort to maintain their joint function but only finding they are getting sorer and tighter and wonder if what they are doing is just making things worse.
But there is a way forward. “Exercise” is not a “One Size Fits All” approach when it comes to arthritis. Your physio can work with you to determine the best body positions, loads and types of exercises for you to support, rather than further compromise joint health.
Regular yoga practice can improve muscle strength and endurance, joint position sense and balance and increase mobility and flexibility. It has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety as well as promoting general well-being. Recent studies into the benefits of yoga for arthritis sufferers are showing positive correlations between properly instructed gentle yoga exercise and improvements in physical and mental health and the ability to manage pain.
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