October 2019: On the Treatment Table

October 05 2019

Pilates – a solution to improving core strength

A COMMON question that I get asked in clinic is ‘what is a good way to stop getting back pain?’. Of course, seeing a good chiropractor to get advice and treatment is a great help, but there is also now lots of evidence to show that exercise is vitally important too.  The next question is what is the best type of exercise? The truth is that the research says there isn’t one!  However, if it’s an exercise that you can do regularly, that you enjoy and that combines some stretching and strengthening then you are on the right track.  In my opinion one of the best types of exercise that meets this brief is Pilates, so that’s why we are offering more Pilates classes at Action Potential!

Pilates is named after its inventor Joseph Pilates, who developed the principles over 70 years ago, partly whilst being detained as a German prisoner of war in World War 1.  Initially he called his exercises ‘Contrology’ the goal of which was ‘the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind and the ability to perform life’s daily activities with zest and ease’.  In many ways Joseph Pilates was an innovator born before his time as his ideas are still very applicable today.

The purpose of Pilates is to enable you to live a happy and purpose filled life without any physical restrictions or limitations. Pilates promotes movement and the benefits of mat Pilates has no limitations and helps to create physical and mental resilience. Core strength, spine strength and flexibility, mobility, cardiovascular fitness, mental fitness, and endurance, can all be achieved with following a regular mat Pilates program.

Pilates was developed specifically to strengthen and stabilise and can be an effective way to help reduce pain, or recover from injury, and potentially prevent future episodes when practised regularly. Pilates is safe, movement can be adjusted and adapted for every client making it suitable for all abilities. It can also greatly improve your overall quality of life by enhancing daily functioning, lung function and help people stay more active through a low impact full body workout.

If you need any further information on Pilates or treatment then the team at Action Potential will be happy to help ease those aches and pains.  You can call us on 0117 961 2060, find us on Facebook or email enquiries@actionpotential.org.uk to book. We provide a chiropractic, physiotherapy, sports massage and podiatry treatments and Pilates at Kingswood Health Centre.