Pilates for Shoulder Pain
Pilates is an effective tool in both the prevention and treatment of shoulder pain. Pilates exercises target stability muscles, increasing the support system of the shoulder and the body as a whole.
How it works
Pilates for shoulder pain works by activating and strengthening the primary stability muscles of the shoulder joint – the rotator cuff. Pilates exercises incorporate correct shoulder placement into each exercise. This includes shoulder blade placement in static, loaded and dynamic positions to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles, decreasing the stress on the shoulder joint, reducing the chance of injury.
Increased rotator cuff strength reduces the load on the shoulder joint and other important structures such as supporting ligaments and tendons, leading to a reduction in pain. Pilates also retrains postural muscles, improving whole body alignment and reducing risk of new and recurrent episodes of shoulder pain.
Pilates can be a part of rehabilitation for many shoulder problems including:
- Shoulder pain due to poor posture
- Shoulder strain
- Shoulder stiffness
- Impingement syndrome
- Shoulder dislocation
- Post shoulder surgery
Benefits of Pilates for Shoulder Pain
There are many benefits of Pilates for shoulder pain. Here are just a few:
- Reduced or eliminated shoulder pain
- Long term management of pain through exercise
- Increased rotator cuff strength
- Increased shoulder movement and function
- Reduced risk of injury
- Quicker recovery post shoulder injury
- Return to sport
See what Laura had to say about how Pilates helped with her problems.
See what others had to say about their experience at Physiolates on our testimonials page.
If you have shoulder pain but are unsure of whether Pilates would benefit you, you can e-mail us email@example.com or call 0330 088 5778 to speak to one of our physiotherapists.
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