Touchstone clients with a disability, injury or medical condition feel better, move more easily and with less pain, and gain self-confidence after working with our comprehensively trained and certified Romana’s Pilates instructors. After injury recovery and/or rehabilitation, Pilates is an effective way to regain strength, flexibility and endurance.
Here at Touchstone we have helped clients who have suffered from conditions including:
- Back Pain • Sciatica • Scoliosis • Osteoporosis • Disc Problems • Joint Injury/Replacement
- Parkinson’s • MS • Rheumatoid Arthritis • Reynaud’s • Scleroderma • Shin Splints • Plantar Fasciitis
- Chronic Fatigue • Fibromyalgia • Breast Cancer • Stroke • Spinal Stenosis
Muscle, Bone and Joint Issues: Pilates is a non-impact form of exercise that is easy on the joints with mat and apparatus resistance-based exercises that improve muscle strength, flexibility and control. Pilates lengthens, strengthens and stabalizes the muscles and joints through each exercise without overworking any one muscle group.
With the flow of one exercise into the next, Pilates incorporates changing positions that engage various muscles to help with balance and control. This leads to improved spinal stability, coordination, and alignment. Clients have reported better body awareness, improved ability to move, and less pain. Development of strong abdominal and back muscles and the buttocks (the “Powerhouse”) also improves muscle balance and symmetry.
Clients with pain stemming from excessive movement and degeneration of the spinal discs and joints are particularly likely to benefit from Pilates. Modified correctly, the exercises work to strengthen the muscles around the joints and discs and balance postural asymmetries. With improved strength, flexibility, and supported movement through the joints of the shoulders and hips Clients can prevent unnecessary torque on their spine.
Autoimmune & Neurological Disorders: Clients with Autoimmune diseases may suffer symptoms such as pain, joint stiffness, tightness, muscle weakness and spasm, slowness and/or loss of control of movement and balance. Pilates is gentle on the joints as exercises can be modified to fit a specific client’s needs. In addition, Pilates is about controlled, precise movements and requires concentration. Pilates can be a good way to counter symptoms, keep the body moving, stretch and strengthen muscles, and improve neuromuscular coordination.
Stroke: The most common physical dysfunction as a result of stroke is the paralysis of one side of the body. Depending on the degree of paralysis and once physical therapy is completed, clients can benefit from Pilates and its focus on centering and strengthening the deeper core muscles. With the use of spring resistance training on different apparatus the work facilitates rewiring of the nervous system through the controlled flow of movement, muscle stability and alignment.
Pilates benefits stroke survivors in another important way: Most stroke survivors intuitively hold their breath as they learn to move their bodies again. Pilates emphasis on controlled breathing with each movement boosts physical efficiency by oxygenating the muscles and helping facilitate movement.
Cancer: Clients diagnosed with cancer typically face one of the most daunting challenges of their lives. Our experience, regardless of the type of cancer, is that clients face emotional as well as physical challenges throughout their treatment.
Emotionally, Pilates focuses the mind through concentration and proper breathing. Endorphins resulting from the work out also bring a sense of well-being, as well as improved body awareness and a renewed focus on wellness.
Clients who have surgery tend to suffer pain, limitation of movement and muscle weakness. Physiological benefits of Pilates are improvement in muscular strength and endurance, postural balance, increased range of motion and better ability to perform activities of daily living.
Lymphedema, a chronic swelling of the extremities caused by the obstruction of the lymphatic vessels, may also become an issue after surgery. Pilates is helpful in this instance as increased range of motion and movement through the exercises can drive these fluids through the lymphatic system and reducing swelling. The correct use of breath is also effective for moving fluid through the system.