Celebrities love talking about how Pilates gave them long and lean muscles and improved their posture. Thanks to the popularity of some of the world’s top trainers, you can now find Pilates studios in cities across the country and DVD workouts that you can do at home. If you suffer from chronic pain, you’ll often find that you cannot handle some intensive or cardio aerobics. Pilates is suitable for everyone, and it has several benefits for those who chronic pain too.
Develop Stronger Muscles
Pilates focuses on improving the muscles in your core. When you have stronger abdominal muscles, you carry yourself better and have better posture. Many people who suffer from chronic pain have poor muscle strength. As they cannot use weights and complete other workouts, they have a difficult time building muscles and retaining muscle strength. Pilates uses a series of equipment that include resistance bands and light weights that let you work each muscle group without feeling any discomfort.
Flexibility is something that you lose when dealing with chronic pain. Whether you have pain in a specific part of your body or all throughout your body, you find that you aren’t as flexible as you once were. Even something as simple as leaning up to reach something on the top shelf of the grocery store can send stabbing pain through your body. Pilates teaches you how to improve your flexibility and agility. After just a few short sessions, you’ll notice that you can bend and stretch more easily than you could before. With more sessions, you’ll gain even more power and control over body and the ability to move even during a flare up.
Increases Your Awareness
One of the biggest benefits of Pilates for chronic pain sufferers is that it increases your awareness. Throughout your sessions, you learn how to listen to your body and decide what you can and cannot do. You eventually learn how to increase the awareness of your body outside of your bedroom or studio too. You’ll know when you can push through the pain to do just a little more and when you need to take a step back. Doing Pilates on a regular basis can help you gain some control over your chronic pain.