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Pilates For Spine Health

What is pilates?

Spine Health İçin Plates

Pilates is a system of exercising which was developed at the start of the 21st century by Joseph Hubert Pilates. It is an exercise programme which can be combined with breathing exercises to keep the body balanced and concentrate on the muscles which support the spine.

What is the goal of pilates exercises?

Pilates, which has become popular in the past few years, trains the entire body with a combination of stretching and strengthening exercises. It does not include any difficult movements. It concentrates on the muscles around the spine and balance in particular. It also includes breathing exercise techniques. It increases both strength and flexibility. It increases awareness of the body and improves mental concentration. There are various different forms and components of pilates, and the difficulty of the exercises varies.

Are pilates exercises advantageous for the health of the spine?

Pilates egzersizi sırasında her bir hareketin çok sayıda tekrarı yerine daha az sayıda, tam kontrollü ve belirli bir biçimde yapılması istenir. Kişi konsantre olmalı, hareketler akıcı ve nefes kontrollü olmalıdır. Sonuç olarak hem esneklik, hem kuvvet, hem beden farkındalığı artar.

How do you do pilates exercises?

During pilates training sessions, the exercises are not repeated a large number of times, but rather a small number of times, but they are done exactly and in a specific way. You should concentrate, the exercises should be fluent and breathing should be controlled. As a result of this, flexibility, strength and awareness of the body all increase.

What are the principles of pilates exercises?

You have to be aware of the exercises, pay attention to which muscles are being used in each exercise and concentrate. It is very important that the exercises are carried out exactly according to the description. The focus of the exercises is the abdomen, waist and hips. The exercises should be done slowly but without hesitation, in a fluent and complete manner. You have to remember to breathe in deeply and out fully.

What type of examinations should be done before pilates exercises?

rior to a training session, medical evaluations carried out by a doctor experienced on musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries can reduce the risk of injury. After this examination, the outlines of the exercise programme can be determined. People without previous regular exercise habits or who have waist, back or joint pain should be examined by a physiotherapy and rehabilitation specialist before the start of the training session. The causes of the present pain must be identified initially and the type of exercise which will be useful must be determined. In healthy people, the type of sport which is suitable should be determined following an evaluation of cardiovascular capacity and physical features, as well as for how long and how often the exercises should be done.

Who should conduct the pilates training sessions?

The pilates sessions can be given by trained, experienced fitness trainers or therapists who have a certificate. The trainer should have participated in an extensive programme on pilates and have knowledge of human anatomy, sports physiology and possible injuries. An experienced trainer can observe whether the exercises are being carried out correctly and make the order of the exercises understandable.

Are pilates exercises advantageous for the health of the spine?

The most significant causes of pain in the lower back region are muscular imbalance, weakness of the muscles in the lower back and the stomach, pelvic instability, poor posture and incorrect use of the body. Pilates exercises are useful for pain in the lower back region as they contribute to strengthening the muscles around the spine. Patients with back and neck pain should do exercises with a good trainer after medical checks.

Can pilates cause injuries?

Back and neck pain may increase after starting pilates training. In order to avoid this, the abdominal muscles have to be very strong. If these muscles are not strong enough, excessive tension levels in the muscles of the neck and shoulders may be caused, putting strain on the spine. If there is too much strain on the neck and back muscles the exercises should be changed. It is very important that the neutral axis of the spine is maintained during the exercises. If the exercises are not carried out correctly, they can cause overloading of the lower back area. The trainer should suggest exercises in positions which strengthen the neck and back based on his or her technical knowledge.

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