Pilates: the WORKOUT
Are your hips and back tighter than a drum? Get ready to feel human again.
Do you wish you could work out and feel as lithe as you did in your 20s or 30s? Pilates teaches the art of coordinated movement (hello, golf swing). It helps build strength in motion, core stability, and ALSO agility. In fact, if you are tired of being mistaken for a senior citizen because of your posture, there's nothing better to get your joints moving again.
Pilates is often just the thing for your back pain. It helps build core strength to support your spine. In spite of all the wonderful things pilates can do, it is NOT synonymous with rehabilitation. Pilates at your local gym (or even studio) is not necessarily gentle or great for your back injury.
I love to utilize the principles of pilates for developing overall strength, muscle control, and mind-body awareness. But it takes some thoughtful modifications to make it safe for a disc problem, scoliosis, and back pain. Pilates (done right) is a pillar of my 12-week Break Free From Back Pain course because it can be practiced over a lifetime from an early age. In fact, I believe that if everyone had some pilates training, there would be far fewer back injuries overall.
ELDOA: the THERAPY
Still working out like it's 1999? Let's get you caught up.
It’s therapy for your spine but with a long list of fringe benefits-- strength and muscle building, all over-flexibility (especially hips), better mood and sleep.
Is back pain keeping you flabby? Meet the ELDOA Method. Excuses are null and void.
ELDOA is the work of internationally renowned osteopath and fascia expert, GUY Voyer, DO. This technique is only available in a handful of locations throughout the world and is known for its anti-aging effect.
There is an ELDOA exercise for each joint in the body, but my focus is on the ELDOA for the spine. The purpose of the spinal ELDOA is to create space between each spinal segment for de-compression of the disc (annulus fibrosis) and nerve. Unlike the concept of "mashing" the fascia with a roller or tennis ball, ELDOA seeks to create tension in the fascia (of the upper and lower limbs) to OPEN UP the joint space. There is a highly specific exercise for each spinal joint. To help one understand the goal of ELDOA, it is sometimes compared to a “stretch”. But this stretch is not without effort. You are asked to contract your muscles with full intensity and maximum effort for one minute per exercise. Translation? Big results in less than 15 minutes per day.
The benefits provide a hopeful solution for anyone with back pain:
Reduced joint inflammation
Relief from back pain, sciatica
Prevention and healing of disc bulges
Increased blood flow and disc hydration
Decreased degrees of scoliosis
Global posture awareness and correction
Increased flexibility in the whole body
Quickly builds muscle tone and strength around the spine
Fortifies the nervous system, making you highly adaptable to stress
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