Osteoarthritis is mostly due to the wear and tear on the cartilage covering the ends of weight bearing bones. So when we over use our joints such as the hip, knee or ankle the cartilage starts to break down and then the body produces new bone in an attempt to prevent more wear and tear. But it is not just over use that causes Osteoarthritis, it can also be due to misalignment of joints due to bad posture. So how can Pilates help?
- Well for a joint to be healthy it needs to be taken through its full range of movement which encourages synovial fluid to lubricate the joint rather like oil in a car engine. Pilates gently takes the joints through their full range of movement without putting strain on the joint.
- Pilates is all about paying close attention to the alignment of the body, as this is crucial to the health of your joints and minimizes unwanted stress.
- Pilates strengthens the muscles around the joints therefore providing a frame to support the joint.
Pilates encourages good posture and natural movement patterns of the body restoring alignment and re-balancing muscles. This not only allows you to move correctly but means you will have less wear and tear on your joints.
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