Strains, minor injuries, chronic pain, and recovery from surgery or an accident can all be treated successfully with physiotherapy. Targeted exercises, massages, heat, ultrasound, and stretches will relieve swelling and pain, as well as strengthen the muscles and joints to expedite healing. Intervention from a physical therapist is typically temporary, although it can be extensive depending on the problem. Most patients continue to do exercises at home, but that usually wanes after a while.
Maintaining Acquired Gains
The key to avoiding another injury and sustaining pain management is to participate in regular exercise that will help maintain gains acquired during the physical therapy sessions. One way to do that with safe and gentle movements is to begin taking Pilates classes. Developed to help World War l soldiers recover from injuries and deal with pain, the goal is to transform the body and the mind. Classes benefit everyone, from kids to the elderly, regardless of fitness level, capabilities, and medical conditions.
How It Works
There are eight principles of Pilates, including breathing, centering, precision, and proper alignment. The awareness of the mind and body connection relieves chronic pain, stretches and slims the body, promotes excellent posture. Other benefits include increased agility and flexibility, core muscle strength, and toning. The pace, control, concentration, and flowing movements of the practice also provides relief from tension and stress.
Participants report less headaches, muscle soreness or stiffness, and relieve from pain in the neck, back, hips, knees, and shoulders. Many also indicate sleep patterns are more stable and restful. There are several different classes offered in eight locations in and around the greater Auckland area. Some involve mats, while others focus on reformer machines. Combination classes are offered as well.
Most groups are a mixture of all ages with similar physical abilities. Assessments are completed by trained instructors in an introductory one-on-one session to determine which class best suits individual goals and abilities. Specialty classes are available for children, pregnant women, and those who require extended rehabilitation after heart, respiratory, or acute medical incidents. Private and semi-private classes are also offered.
People can learn more at PeakPilatesGroup.co.nz. This website includes descriptions of classes, physiotherapy services, locations, complete pricing, and a wealth of information within the blog section. Bookings can also be done online for convenience. Being pain-free, maintaining flexibility, and aligning the body and the mind will ensure physical gains are sustainable. Those interested in beginning to exercise are also welcomed.