Although basic hamstring stretches may seem like the obvious solution for your tight hamstrings, they seldom create lasting change. That is because for many of us, our range of motion is often hampered by imbalance in the connected muscles and joints, rather than actual tightness of the hamstring muscle group.
Unlike static stretches, Pilates training incorporates a variety of movements that can improve strength, flexibility and body awareness in all of the muscles around the hamstrings. This integrated support to the surrounding muscles and tissues has been shown to increase hamstring flexibility in people who practice Pilates. There are also other reasons you should try Pilates if you’re dealing with hamstring tightness (or any other muscle tightness!).
One of the reasons Pilates is so beneficial for hamstring flexibility is because it stretches and...
If you suffer from lower back pain, you’re definitely not alone.
In fact, experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain can affect people of all ages, and it’s the third most common reason for visits to the doctor.
The good news is, most cases of lower back pain are acute: short-term back pain that may only last a few days to a few weeks. With proper self-care, this type of back pain can resolve on its own. Certain exercises can even ease that pain and help you start feeling better.
Lower back pain can feel different from everyone. It may feel like a dull, constant ache, or a sudden sharp pain.
Most acute low back pain is mechanical in nature. That means the components of the lower back — the spine, muscles, intervertebral discs, and nerves — have been disrupted. When they don’t fit together or move...
Does the idea of being on the floor give you cause for concern?
This subject has been coming up a lot over the last few months. Barring an injury, most people should be able to get down onto the floor and back up without needing someone else to help. Often, as we age, we lose some mobility and this is a big one for me. I have heard many times, “Why would I need to get on the floor at my age?” Or simply, “I haven’t gotten down on the floor since my kids were little”. Or a little more on the joking side, “There’s nothing down there that interests me."
All joking aside, even if you don’t want to watch TV sitting on the floor like the good ol’ days, and there are no children or pets that require you to get down to their level, being able to get down and back up again without assistance is REALLY important. There are several steps that can be taken to prevent falls, but...
Studies suggest that approximately one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
With over 50 million Americans suffering from low bone mass it is no wonder treating osteoporosis successfully has been at the forefront of the medical community over the last 5 years. One of the most common questions I get from new clients is “Does Pilates help with Osteoporosis?” There are quite a few Pilates exercises that specifically help with Osteoporosis!
If you have been diagnosed with low bone density or know someone who has you’ve probably heard that weight-bearing exercises — such as walking — can help reduce the risk of a broken bone when you have osteoporosis. But you shouldn’t overlook Pilates as a potential bone-stimulating regimen for those needing to boost their bone density.
Not just any...
Summer is finally here! For many of us summer means it’s time for vacation with friends and family.
Having recently returned from my honeymoon, I know that the down side of vacations can be the travel there and back. Whether you’re driving or flying to your destination, you’ll likely be spending many hours sitting.
As a physical therapist, I’m aware of the potential risks of sitting in the same position for several hours but, to be honest, I never thought it applied to me because I’m healthy, active, and young. That was until Serena Williams had a Pulmonary Embolism in 2011 after traveling on an airplane. Our veins are responsible for sending blood back to our heart and lungs and they’re designed with flaps to help prevent the backflow of blood. Unfortunately, as we get older these valves become less effective. So what sends blood back to the heart? Gravity can help but with your legs down in sitting gravity is actually working against the...