Pilates and Stretching
Do you need a stronger core ?
Pilates is a form of exercise focusing on core strength (important in protecting the spine) which, when performed correctly can offer a permanent way to reduce or remove pain completely.
Our modern lifestyle often means sitting for many hours per day.
Spending too much time sitting and not moving, causes imbalances and detrimental effects which lead to back pain.
Undertaking a series of pilates instructional lessons with a qualified Osteopath will ensure that you will start out at a level that is appropriate for your injury rehabilitation, or exercise goals and include exercises that help to rebalance those areas that are weak or tight from postural and lifestyle related issues.
A customised treatment plan combining osteopathy with pilates will provide a strong and lasting method for you to:
- reduce back pain
- improve overall body strength
- reduce the risk of further injury
- improve posture
- relieve tension
- develop improved muscle control
- increase circulation
- enhance athletic performance
Stretching is an important part of looking after your body whatever your age.
It helps improve flexibility, and therefore , range of motion in your joints. Better flexibility may improve your performance in daily and physical activities or decrease your risk of injuries by helping your joints move through their full range of motion and enabling your muscles to work most effectively.
Stretching increases strength by improving circulation and blood flow to the muscles. This not only provides nutrients to every muscle of the body but helps those muscles recover faster, increases blood flow, helps prevent soreness and muscle fatigue.
2. More Flexibility
Stretching is the most effective way to improve flexibility. As the body ages, muscles shorten and tighten. This decreases range of motion, and increases the chance of tendon, ligament, and other soft tissue injuries. Flexibility also helps with fluid motion in athletic performance. Watch out not to over stretch though – overly flexible muscles are injury prone and give you a sloppiness when moving. You can see this sometimes in people who overdo it with Yoga.
3. Good for Circulation
Lengthening and loosening the muscles helps dramatically with circulation. Not only will this help reduce post-workout soreness and shorten recovery time, but it will improve overall health. Greater blood circulation helps promote cell growth and organ function. The heart rate will also lower since it doesn’t have to work as hard and blood pressure will become more even and consistent.
4. Reduced Stress
Stretching reduces stress through loosening the muscles and relieving built up tension. It also releases endorphins in the brain that can cause a feeling of wellbeing and calmness. It is also thought that stretching reduces stress through a mechanism similar to meditation or yoga in that it promotes a state of mindfulness. This is especially true for the muscles around your neck and shoulders – stretch these out in the evening for a good nights sleep.
5. Increased Range of Motion
An increased range of motion in the joints has many benefits and stretching is the best way to achieve this. It improves balance which decreases risk of injury which benefits all age groups and fitness levels.
You have all seen people with tight hunched up postures. This comes from a lack of stretching, sitting at desks hunched over all day and overdoing it with heavy weight training . Be sure to give yourself a good stretch, breathing into the muscle you’re stretching to further increase the stretch.
Stretching is a lovely way to unwind and relax at the end of a day and improve your sleep.
Horse and Rider
Are you and your horse in balance?
Stephanie Witts is an accomplished rider who competes regularly in dressage and combined training events. This gives her a unique understanding into the stresses and strains that riding puts on your body. She specialises in helping riders become stronger, more flexible and balanced to both ease any pain and improve their riding.
Stephanie uses a combination of osteopathy and pilates to make a customised program to help you achieve your riding goals.
Stephanie is also a fully qualified Equine Osteopath and can create a unique package that will treat both you and your horse to enhance your partnership.
A treatment for your horse takes one hour and includes a consultation with you regarding your horse’s history, any current injuries, a gait assessment which could include lunging, and a treatment. The cost is £60 which includes free call out within a 20 mile radius of Brighton. We will travel further afield – please call us to discuss charges.
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