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Pilates for Degenerative Disc Disease

If you or your student were diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, you are probably wondering if Pilates is safe for DDD. Which Pilates exercises are good for me? Which exercises are contraindicated?

When the discs of our spine are healthy, they act as cushions and shock absorbers between...

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Pilates Exercises For Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

 

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue in the lower pelvic region. It acts as support of your inner organs, keeping them in place and helping them function properly.

The muscles of your pelvic floor - like any other muscle in the body - must have the...

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Tight Low Back? Try This Pilates Cadillac Exercise

Rather than asking who has experienced low back tightness before, I should really poll "who hasn't". Fewer virtual hands will go up. Muscle tightness or even spasm is, unfortunately, an all too common occurrence these days. It can come on suddenly and range from mild discomfort to severe...

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Pilates Exercises for Diastasis Recti

Diastasis Recti is a separation between the right and left halves of the rectus abdominals (the 6-pack) and a thinning and separating of the connective tissue in between. This can create a "pooch" effect and reduced strength in the trunk.

This condition is very common among postnatal...

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Pilates Exercises for Low Bone Density

Many people are nervous to get started with exercise after finding out they have low bone density. They may worry that putting their body under stress will cause an injury. Rest assured that exercising- with a few guidelines in mind- can actually decrease your risk of bone fracture. And with...

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From Downward Spiral to Upward Spiral

I don’t know about your experience, but I find that most people starting Pilates experience a huge breakthrough about six to twelve months into their Pilates journey. “It’s starting to make sense now” is what I often hear at that stage.

If you’re reading this because...

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Pilates Exercises After An ACL Injury

The ACL is one of the major ligaments that connect the thighbone to the shinbone. Activities that require sudden changes of direction or speed, landing awkwardly from a jump, and collisions can increase the risk of injury. 

If you have suffered an ACL tear or sprain, check out the...

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Strong Back Muscles Might Not Be The Solution To Your Back Problem

Magazine or news articles about health and fitness are not usually written by experts. A journalist interprets an expert’s paper maybe, or they interview an expert. Still, the final article is filtered through the knowledge of the interpreter.

I’ve read many an article that puts the...

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What Happens After An Injury

When an area of the body gets injured, the local stabilizing muscles turn off to allow healing. Now that these deep muscles are not doing their job of stabilization, the larger more superficial muscles will take over a job that’s not really theirs. Once the acute injury phase has passed,...

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The One That Works

When there is dysfunction in a certain area of the body the number of exercises that successfully trigger the target muscles without triggering compensatory patterns gets smaller.

It’s maybe frustrating to think that there is only a hand full of exercises that work for you, but instead...

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