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Muscle Imbalances Cause Injury and Chronic Pain ( Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside )

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Did you know that one reason for your ongoing pain might be caused by muscle imbalances? Did you know that having a muscle imbalance might be even the root of injury and chronic muscle and joint pain? Muscle imbalances affect the alignment of musculoskeletal system causing poor alignment. Poor alignment put a lot of pressure on your body’s tendons and ligaments leading to impingements and inefficient biomechanics. The muscle imbalance can be the cause of any muscle, fascia, metabolic or mechanical postural dysfunction and syndromes.

Some injuries cause muscle imbalance, while others may result from a muscle imbalance. Studies show that many common pain and injuries are caused by muscle imbalances on surrounding muscles:

  • Shoulder impingement and shoulder instability – muscle imbalances of the rotator cuff and scapular stabilizers
  • Knee IT-band syndrome – the weakness of hip abductors and tightness of IT-band
  • Anterior Knee pain – poor hip strength (extension, abduction, external rotation)
  • Knee Patello-femoral pain syndrome – hip abductor weakness, soleus (calf) tightness
  • SI-Joint dysfunction – hamstring and gluteal weakness and spinal stabilizer weakness
  • Lower back pain – decreased range of motion in hip extension and internal rotation, hip extensor weakness for female, weak deep back & abdominal stabilizer muscles, hamstring & hip flexors tightness.

Injury and pain also causes problems for your neurological connection between brain and muscles, and body start to compensate. Faulty & habitual compensation patterns leads to even more pain and risk of re-injury by creating more altered alignment in the joint, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Over compensation and muscle imbalance do not show on the X-ray or MRI but they might still be the real root reason of your pain and re-injury.

Do not overlook your muscle balance, it is a vital component to injury prevention and rehabilitation from injury. It is very true that by restoring your muscle balance you can tremendously decrease your pain and risk of re-injury!

We identify and treat muscle imbalances, rehabilitate chronic pain, chronic disease and orthopedic injury. Our program is perfect fit after Physical therapy and it’s available at Oceanside and Encinitas Pilates studios. For more information, please visit our website and click HERE

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Clinical Pilates vs. Fitness Pilates in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas

Pilates is a wonderful exercise form for fitness as well as physical rehabilitation. Unfortunately, Pilates comprehensive certification program prepare Pilates instructors only to teach “Fitness Pilates”, which is Pilates for healthy bodies (no injuries). So, basic Pilates education does not give enough education about working with musculoskeletal and neurological problems and dysfunctions. Too confident Pilates instructors with lack of education are a dangerous combination. Don’t get me wrong, Pilates is still good for rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation – but only when taught by a skilled Physical Therapist or very experienced Pilates Instructor. Physical therapists have advanced education about anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and exercise invention and they are experienced to work with regarding different kind of diagnosis and bodily dysfunctions.

In Australia they have wisely separated clinical and fitness Pilates. Clinical Pilates is only taught by Physiotherapist (=Physical Therapist). Fitness Pilates is taught by fitness professionals or dancers. Aussies have understood also how good Pilates exercise is when practiced together with traditional physical therapy. Also in Finland they have separated clinical Pilates education which is only designed for Physical Therapists, and Mat Pilates certification program for fitness professionals. They don’t allow Pilates instructors with dancing & fitness background to work with injuries.

Clinical Pilates aims to correct biomechanical alignment and muscle imbalances which are caused by faulty compensation patterns due pain, disease or injury. Fitness Pilates concentrates only in proper Pilates exercise techniques, nice cuing and body & mind connection, which is definitely not enough for the people with post rehabilitation or rehabilitation needs.

Fitness Pilates:

  • Dance-oriented exercises, used for general conditioning and lifestyle
  • Strong bias towards flexion, stretching, end-of-range movements,
  •  No evidence to support its use for rehabilitation of low-back pain
  • Non pathology-specific exercises

Clinical Pilates:

  • Benefit Diagnostic and rehabilitation tool for injury and performance enhancement  
  • Progresses from static stabilization to dynamic; trains local then global stability systems.
  • Neutral zone stability comes before end-of-range flexibility
  • Aims to fulfill established evidence based criteria
  • Observes pathology under load and modifies accordingly

PilatesWise program in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Encinitas serves as a healing aid for anyone seeking to recover from injury, weakness from trauma, inactivity or illness, and recovery from chronic pain or disease such as MS, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, scoliosis, arthritis, Osteoporosis, sciatica, chronic back and neck pain. For more info please click HERE

 

Pilates often referred by Physical Therapists and Chiropractors

Pilates private sessions are a wonderful tool to rehabilitate your body after injury or Physical Therapy. It’s gentle and low-impact exercise form where your body can heal without putting too much pressure on your injury side but still working out your whole body. After injury your muscles learn to work different, inefficient way and sometimes you will need professional eyes to correct your faulty muscle recruitment and faulty compensation patterns. These two issues make your healing process much more complicated and risk of other injuries increases if you don’t notice how you are actually using your body.

Already about 70 years ago during the second world war Mr. Pilates developed his method to treat soldiers who were injured at the war. He created a specific hospital bed where he used resistance of springs and bands. He was very clever guy and really ahead of his time.  Pilates is today a great and practical tool for rehabilitation and many Physical Therapist as well as Chiropractors have noticed that. However, many Pilates studios are owned by certified Pilates Instructors who unfortunately have very limited knowledgeable about orthopedic rehabilitation or post-rehabilitation. Pilates Instructors might want to grow their businesses so badly that they are willing to take clients who have many health problems, but don’t exactly know how to deal with those problems. I see a big risk of injury or re-injury here! Pilates is a really good rehabilitation tool but Pilates instructors would need much more education about anatomy, biomechanics and orthopedic injuries & rehab than the standard comprehensive Pilates education offers today. For example, all back pain is not the same, and Pilates instructor who has had back pain herself and recovered from it by doing Pilates, is not necessary a good teacher to teach other people with back problems. Pilates is a good tool, but the teacher has to know exactly how to use that tool properly, efficiently and safely for each client. People with back pain have usually more problems and issues than just weak core muscles.

Very often Physical Therapists and Chiropractors don’t know about how long the Pilates instructors education is and how little they actually know about anatomy, injuries and rehabilitation. As a Physical Therapist myself, I was very surprised when I heard that one chiropractor referred his client of age 88, has osteoporosis and two lumbar vertebrae fractures, to a Pilates Instructor. I know that this Pilates instructor was very experienced, but not educated as a Physical Therapist, and I don’t think that this client was general ‘Pilates material‘. Pilates is a great and versatile exercise tool but in this case only taught by a skilled Physical Therapist. Pilates Instructors are expected to know what their skill level is and where their limits are. Unfortunately, today’s economy puts a lot of pressure on Pilates business owners, and even though they don’t have enough education they will take and treat rehab clients as any other normal clients. If you are looking for a Pilates studio to rehabilitate your injury or post-rehab after Physical Therapy, do your homework first and ask questions from studio’s instructors to find out how skilled and experienced they really are for your case. I definitely recommend Pilates for everyone who is looking for rehabilitation or post-rehabilitation after Physical Therapy – just be sure that your instructor is really experienced and educated in that field.

For more about PilatesWise  active back rehabilitation, orthopedic injury rehabilitation and sport injury recover and prevention, please visti our website http://www.pilateswise.com .

Check out also this pilateswise video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R40kIPla2Dc