Pilates as an Effective Treatment for Fibromyalgia – Part 2

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In the second part of our special blog series on Pilates as an Effective Treatment for Fibromyalgia, our Physio and Pilates instructor Emma explains some simple exercises, which engage your core muscles.     When carrying out Pilates exercises we need to learn how to engage our core stability muscles. These consist of the pelvic floor muscles, which are located at the bottom of our pelvis and stop us from being incontinent. Poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles can lead to urinary and faecal incontinence such as not being able to control bodily functions when we cough or laugh.  As well as the pelvic floor, we have other muscles that surround our pelvis and spine which make up the core stability muscles. These too are located deep down and quite low to the pubic area. Think of these muscles like a muscular corset. To engage these muscles, lie on your back.  The firmer the surface, the easier this will be to do but do what works for you. You can use a bed if you prefer, or if you find it tricky to get on the floor. Now bend both of your knees and place your feet together. Place your fingertips on your hip bones (the bony bits at the front of your stomach) and then, move in and down about 4cm. Now you are on top of the area where the core muscles are located. If there’s a bit of extra padding around here you may need to gently sink your fingertips and go deeper to be able to feel the muscles working. Imagine sinking in your belly button, so it’s sinking deeper into your back. You should feel a sensation pulling away from your fingertips and this is part of your core stability muscles. To really feel where your core muscles are, you can try imagining stopping yourself from having a wee mid flow. I completely understand that when doing this for the first time, it may seem very odd and confusing but practice really does make perfect.  If you’re having difficulty, see a Physiotherapist/Pilates Instructor to guide you and this will help enormously as you may have muscles, which may have “turned off”, so they might not be as easy to switch on again. These muscles may have not worked in such a long time, so they will need proper guidance and more cues to help you visualise and feel the muscles working. Practicing this exercise will help teach your body and brain to work together again and will engage your core muscles.  You can develop this exercise by trying to hold your core muscles for a few seconds, and then by doing the same whist breathing deeply. Mastering this technique will be very much dependant on your medical history, so please don’t dishearten if you don’t get it first time. If you feel quite happy and confident with this, then practice this exercise any time and anywhere. It can even be done when you are washing up or gardening! When you have got these muscles working, we can then challenge them by carrying out a variety of Pilates exercises. One easy…

Pilates as an Effective Treatment for Fibromyalgia – Part 1

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Joseph Pilates created the fitness system Pilates during World War 1 when he increasingly saw patients confined to their beds and not improving. He knew the benefits of exercise, having being plagued by illness himself, so he designed exercises that could be carried out in bed.  He then further progressed these exercises using springs to increase resistance.  After the war, Mr…

Pilates at the Bristol Movement Space – A Physio’s Perspective

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Our physiotherapist Leanne spends a day at Bristol’s newly opened Bristol Movement Space and enjoys a one to one Pilates session on a rainy spring Friday.   As the April showers fall, what better way is there to stay dry(ish) than to join Matt Gilkes and his team at the newly opened Bristol Movement Space on the edge of St George’s Park for a Pilates session?  Matt and I have chatted previously about Physiotherapy and Pilates as they go hand in hand when treating many different conditions. As a physio I am often asked for good recommendations for Pilates classes as there are many different decisions to make.  Should you do Pilates on a mat or on a reformer? Is it best to do a big class or a small one to one session? Also, many of my patients worry about Pilates making an injury worse rather than helping. It is recommended that you call Bristol Movement…

Everything You Needed to Know about Pilates

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Joseph Pilates created Pilates during World War I.  Working within hospitals, Joseph Pilates increasingly saw patients not improving and confined to their beds.  He knew the benefits of exercise having being plagued by illness himself, so he designed exercises that could be carried out in bed. He then further progressed these exercises using springs to increase resistance. After the war, Mr…

Pilates Equipment

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We are pleased to have a selection of Pilates equipment for you to purchase via our online shop; ranging from ankle weights, dumbbells, gym balls, balance aids and mats. All of our equipment is perfect to help with Physiotherapy rehab, core stability, Pilates and gym workouts. As well as Physiotherapy for neurological conditions, musculoskeletal and sports, post surgery and rheumatology, women’s health and paediatric, Physiocomestoyou Ltd offer…

Stay cool this summer with Asquith clothing…

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Things are really heating up out there and it’s important to stay as cool as possible. With Asquith‘s Yoga and Pilates range you can be cool (in both senses of the word). Visit our online shop today and treat a yourself, a family member or friend to something from the Asquith range. Did you know Physiocomestoyou Ltd also offer Clinical Pilates.…

Are you flattering me?

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Our Yoga and Pilates clothing will make you look and feel great! We are very pleased to announce that we are selling Asquith London Pilates and Yoga clothing via our online shop. “The Asquith London brand is a British, designer brand which stands alone in its styling and exceptional quality.  Asquith London is deeply committed to each and every person who purchases our pieces,…

Anyone for Pilates?

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Pilates offered by Physiocomestoyou Ltd is known as Clinical Pilates.  This modified version of Pilates is taught by Physiotherapists who, using their extensive knowledge of anatomy, help to eliminate any risks of harm or injury.  They also undertake full assessments prior to teaching Pilates taking into consideration where you specifically need to work and positions you should avoid. Benefits…