Monthly Archives: April 2016

Pilates Takes Time

Here is a post by a Pilates Teacher I studied with early in my training, Michael Miller of Michael Miller Pilates, http://www.hermit.com/.  I love the point he makes about the movements taking time to assimilate into the body.  The benefits are absorbed over time.

Cornu“Pilates takes time over a steady routine, 2 times a week at least, every day at best.  Memorize this sequence: 100, Roll-Up, 1 Leg Circle, Rolling Like a Ball, 1 Leg Stretch, 2 Leg Stretch, Spine Stretch, Saw, Side Kicks, Seal.  (10 exercises, 10 movements flowing one to the other.  (See why not everybody does it?) Don’t move at all until you have the sequence memorized.  Then learn the movements in the sequence.  Perform the sequence.  That is the essence of what Pilates has to offer.  ABCDEFG…”

Be the CEO of Your Body and Your Life

This is a terrific article on chronic neck and back pain by my friend and colleague Lori Peacock of Physical Performance Solutions. As a Pilates Teacher, the points she makes are what I try to teach people all the time, since my number one function is as a movement educator. Her statement that “exercising with EDUCATION is the most important key to relieving neck and back pain” is a point I am constantly trying to make. It is absolutely true that people exercising in dysfunctional movement patterns perpetuate the dysfunction, and therefore the pain.

Lori Peacock Article

Be the CEO of your body and your life

A recent JAMA article, JAMA Intern Med. Published online January 11, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7636, demonstrates exercising with education, performed on a regular basis, continues to be the ticket for relieving low back or neck pain.

Three things in the article screams off the page. These three things must work together for exercise to be the most beneficial:

  • Consistency in the person performing the exercise
  • Educate, educate, educate
  • Optimize how muscles and tissue function together through correction of dysfunctional movement patterns

Consistency in the person performing the exercise

Over and over we see when there is no consistency with exercise after low back injuries, eventually pain and limitations return. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19177524. Learning new habits and utilizing methods to change bad habits are critical to establishing consistent exercise. Consistent exercise really pays off.

Educate, educate, educate

People are, in general, self centered creatures. When we have the information, and understand it well, the chances of follow through are greater.

Optimize your muscles and tissue

Although this is not a new topic, it is a new topic. Too many people exercising do not incur the benefits because dysfunctional movement patterns have not been identified. These individuals remain in the same dysfunctional pattern, which continues to perpetuate the dysfunction..

What are a few (and just a few, otherwise we’d be here for a while), types of devices and other treatments used for back pain?

Devices/Gadgets:

  • Home decompression units
  • Home laser units
  • Belts for low back, SI
  • Taping
  • Home massagers
  • Magnets
  • Whirlpools and jetted tubs
  • Compression garments

Fee based alternative treatments:

  • Massage therapists
  • Feldenkrais
  • Alexander Technique
  • Acupuncture
  • Energy healing

All of these and then some are good adjuncts for acute and chronic physical musculoskeletal issues and should not be neglected, especially if we want to remain as physical able for the length of our days.

Be the CEO of your body and your life. You’ll be so glad you did.