Arthritis Pain Relief With Pilates

If you suffer from arthritis pain, the Pilates method of exercises may be quite beneficial to you. Too often, people who have arthritis stop moving around as much as they should. This does more damage than the arthritis itself! You must keep moving - strengthening and stretching your muscles and joints as much as you can.

Muscles and tissues that surround and support joints become weak when they are not used enough. This causes the joint to lose its shape, and increases wear and tear on the joint. Exercise helps to keep those muscles and tissues strong, and it can strengthen those muscles and tissues that have already weakened as well. When these muscles are strengthened, joint pain is greatly reduced, and in some cases, totally eliminated.

Pilates exercises have been proven to be a great help for the relief of arthritis pain. It is of course important that you discuss Pilates with your doctor and discuss your arthritis with your instructor before beginning. Plan to exercise during the part of the day when you are experiencing less pain if possible, as this will enhance your ability to do the exercises, which in turn will make the exercises more beneficial.

You should know that all Pilates exercises can be modified, and modifications should be used when you are unable to do an exercise due to pain. Do not push yourself to do exercises that cause you a great deal of pain. A little discomfort is expected when doing any form of exercises, but extreme pain is not normal.

The breathing techniques that are used in Pilates is also beneficial for arthritis sufferers. The proper breathing techniques carry oxygen to all of your cells, and those cells work to improve the quality of joints, muscles, tendons, and tissues. The Pilates method of exercise is designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. It actually aligns your body correctly, which can also reduce arthritis pain that in the back, neck, and other joints as well.

Pilate exercises will also help you keep your weight down, which is another factor that can cause arthritis pain to improve. When weight is added to joints, they must work harder, which causes more wear and tear. By exercising, and keeping your weight down, you will greatly reduce the arthritis pain that you experience.

Again, make sure that you consult with your doctor before beginning the Pilates exercise program. Make sure that you are in a beginners class, and that your instructor knows about your arthritis. Try to attend two or three one hour classes each week for best results.
 

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Featured Instructor Shannon Beaty has been practicing Pilates for over 10 years, and has been a Pilates instructor for over 6 years. She teaches at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles and oversees their entire Pilates Program.

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