Pilates and Hypermobility
Pilates is a highly effective treatment for people with hypermobile joints. Hypermobility it the term used to describe increased joint movement due to ligament laxity. Hypermobile people have too much flexibility in their joints which can often lead to pain, soft tissue injury and joint dislocation. Pilates can help to stabilise joints by retraining and strengthening specific muscles.
How it works
Pilates for people with hypermobile joints involves various different exercises to increase the strength of the body’s stabilising muscles. The stability muscles lie deep in the body and surround various joints such as the shoulders, the spine and the pelvis. When the stability muscles get stronger they offload the joints by giving them more support. Greater control of movement and increased joint support leads to an encouragement of normalised movement and reduced pain.
Exercises are progressed to challenge the stability muscles with use of body weight, upper and lower limb movement and use of small equipment.
Benefits of Pilates for Hypermobility
Benefits of Pilates for Hypermobility include:
- Reduced joint pain
- Increased joint stability
- Improved postural position
- Increased functional ability
- Normalised movement patterns
- Reduced risk of injury
- Quicker recovery post-injury
- Enhanced sporting performance
See what Helen had to say about how Pilates helped with her knee pains.
See what others had to say about their experience at Physiolates on our testimonials page.
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