Chronic pain is something that can stop you not just from exercising but also from your daily activities, isn’t it? Do you feel that you’re scared to even try an exercise for fear of triggering on something? But you really want to get strong and are unsure of what you can do? May be a gym or a bootcamp or a group class? And then you hear of the nearest gym providing reformer pilates. So you decide to join that. I mean pilates is supposed to be great for chronic neck pain and back pain right? Yes, but here’s a word of caution. If you’re a chronic pain suffrerer or have had it in the past, it’s very important that you start the right exercises. Here are 3 reasons why you can rest assured that you’ll be ingood hands with us:
Unlike a gym class, where there can be 15 to 20 people at a time, we only have 4-5 people in a group session. There’s no one shouting instructions at you from the front of the room. This helps us in giving individual attention to our patients. So we can correct the way an exercise is being done. Also everyone in the group has a tailored program based on their level of recovery from chronic pain. So they may not be doing the same exercise as you at the same time.
Step 1: Initial assessment with our Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist to find out what your core muscle strength is. Even huge body builders are sometimes surprised how weak their core is. According to Australian Physiotherapy Association “Physiotherapists are skilled in designing exercise programs to target deficiencies in muscles and joints. These clinical exercises help the body move better “.
Instead of throwing you in the deep end , we go through a thorough assessment to understand your goals. We then check your muscle strength and make sure we put you in the right class. We never have more than 4 to 6 people in the pilates classes, hence we are able to provide individual attention.
Step 2: Do 2 or 3 one on one sessions to learn the basics of reformer pilates and get used to the reformers.
Step 3: Progress to a group class and let’s begin!