Pilates for Chronic Pain
Pilates is a frequently used treatment technique used by physiotherapists to treat various types of chronic pain. Chronic pain is the term used to describe long standing pain (usually defined as 3 months or more.) Chronic pain develops when constant pain signals are sent to the brain resulting in the brain listening to the area more and becoming over sensitised to the pain.
Our physiotherapists at Manchester Physio often treat chronic pain with a combination of treatment methods such as manual therapy, electrotherapy and, of course, Pilates exercises.
How it works
Pilates exercises for chronic pain work by enhancing the muscular support system of the body to offload joints and reduce pain. Exercises begin with core activation before incorporating upper and lower limb movement to challenge the core and build muscle strength.
Pilates is perfect for chronic pain sufferers because it increases muscle strength through low impact and controlled floor based exercises which can be adapted to suit you. The variation of Pilates exercise keeps it an interesting and enjoyable way of managing or reducing your pain. It also works by helping the brain to concentrate on using the body as a whole and stops the brain from focusing on painful areas.
Conditions it treats
Pilates for chronic pain treats any pain long-standing in nature. Chronic conditions include:
- Chronic back pain
- Postural pain
- Hip pain
- Shoulder pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
Benefits of Pilates for Chronic Pain
Benefits of Pilates for Chronic pain include:
- Reduced or eliminated pain
- Gaining control over your pain
- Increased confidence
- Normalised movement
- Greater independence
- Improved posture
- Increased function
- Reduced risk of injury
- Greater feeling of well-being