How Pilates has improved my posture & decreased my shoulder pain!

 HOW PILATES HAS IMPROVED MY POSTURE & DECREASED MY                                                           SHOULDER PAIN!

I have been practicing Pilates for years and I can’t explain how my posture has improved over time. I have become much more aware of dropping my shoulders, bringing my head into alignment & sitting correctly at my computer. Through mat & reformer Pilates  I have increased my flexibility and more importantly strengthened my core & muscles around my spine for stabilization. This has significantly decreased my low back pain ( along with Dr.McCrea at Integrative Spine & Rehab). My shoulder pain has also improved from lots of range of motion, stretching, and back extension exercises.

It teaches you:

  • Good spinal alignment
  • Be more aware of your posture
  • Helps improve your flexibility

These in turn work together to prevent back pain and maintain good posture.

IF YOU’RE IMBALANCED IN YOUR BODY, IT MEANS SOME OF YOUR MUSCLES ARE COMPENSATING FOR OTHER MUSCLES, AND EVENTUALLY THE ONES DOING ALL THE WORK ARE GOING TO QUIT, WHICH LEADS TO INJURY.

I have been practicing Pilates for years and I can’t explain how my posture has improved over time. I have become much more aware of dropping my shoulders, bringing my head into alignment & sitting correctly at my computer. Through mat & reformer Pilates  I have increased my flexibility and more importantly strengthened my core & muscles around my spine for stabilization. This has significantly decreased my low back pain ( along with Dr.McCrea at Integrative Spine & Rehab). My shoulder pain has also improved from lots of range of motion, stretching, and back extension exercises.

Weak muscles from poor posture:                            tight muscles:

Upper back and neck muscles                                        hamstrings

Elongated and inactive gluts                                           chest ( pecs)

                                                                                 Internal shoulder rotation

WHAT DOES A STRONG CORE MEAN?

The muscles in your abdominals, back, & hips work together to stabilize and support the spine. It also increases your ability to breathe more deeply, as you draw your shoulders back and down, lengthen your spine, and engage your abs, your diaphragm will move more freely.

WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF POOR POSTURE?

  1. Headaches and jaw pain- when leaning forward it is more likely that you will clench your jaw causing facial muscles to tighten and cause headaches.
  2. Back and shoulder pain-causes tension in your shoulders and upper back and can lead to a permanent hump. It also puts a lot of stress on your low back.
  3. Gastrointestinal issues- poor posture can impact the movement of your intestines.
  4. Lung function & poor oxygen flow- when your lungs aren’t functioning to their fullest potential your heart and brain, as well as other vital organs don’t get the oxygen they need. This in turn causes poor cognitive function, shortness of breath, or vascular disease.

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