Pilates for Knee Pain

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I’ve been on a knee strengthening kick lately with my Pilates workouts, cardio fitness activities, and weight training program, all because I took a hard fall inline skating with my puppy a few weeks ago.  So I’ve really been trying to pay attention to my habits and here’s what I’ve discovered and how I’ve been compensating because of knee pain.


How to Manage Sore Muscles and Joint Pain

Article by Stephanie Watson | Found on WebMD

You work hard all week, so when the weekend finally rolls around, you want to play just as hard. There’s nothing like a few rounds of golf, a hike in the mountains, or an intense workout at the gym to help you feel recharged.

But all of that exercise can cause soreness and stiffness that shows up a day or two later. Don’t get sidelined by muscle pain. Find out the causes and treatments so you can stay on your game.


6 Tips to Help Reduce Lower Back Pain

Article by Caitlin Cox | Found on FitDay

There are many different causes for back pain, and according to WebMD, almost 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. It may be because you sit too much at work, you have poor posture, or it could be triggered by a strenuous activity. But one thing we can all agree on is that having back pain can be debilitating, which is why we’ve created a list of tips to help reduce back pain.


You Can Rewire Your Brain To Fight Chronic Pain: Here’s How

Article by Joe Tattan | Found on MindBodyGreen

“I hit the breaking point last Friday when my boss bumped up this massive project by a whole week,” my 29-year-old patient Jennifer told me during our initial consultation. “I mean, who does that? With two kids at home, social obligations, and an hour commute each way, it became the final straw and I just…snapped.”

Jennifer landed a position at a high-pace Manhattan law firm last year and was determined to pave a steady career path. But that determination often meant 70-hour workweeks


Massage Can Help Treat Lower Back Pain

Article By Amanda MacMillan | Found on TIME

Lower back pain is the leading cause of job disability in the world. About one in ten people have it, and for many who develop back pain, the condition becomes chronic.

Now, a new study finds that massage may provide lasting relief for chronic lower back pain, according to research published in the journal Pain Medicine.

To see how people in the […]

Fibromyalgia Exercise, One Step at a Time

Article by Ellen Greenlaw | Reviewed By David T. Derrer, MD | Featured on WebMD

When Lynne Matallana was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, she spent most of her time in bed. Then her doctor suggested she get some exercise.

“I knew I’d have to start really slowly, so I started exercising while I was still in bed,” says Matallana, president and founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association. “I’d do some stretching for about half an hour and then take a rest.”

Gradually she worked up to walking to the mailbox and back, and then to more steady exercise on […]

Pilates and Yoga Can Help Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia

Exercise is a crucial component to optimally managing fibromyalgia symptoms. However, exercise as it is commonly prescribed, often results in a flare of pain, fatigue, poor sleep and low mood. Two recent studies report that the average 40 y/o with fibromyalgia has fitness findings expected for a healthy 80 y/o. The good news is that the spiral of deconditioning can be reversed without inducing a symptom flare. The fibromyalgia research team at OHSU are pain researchers and clinicians who have developed and tested multiple exercise programs for people with chronic pain and fibromyalgia over the last 3 decades.


Using Pilates to deal with Back and Neck Pain

Using Pilates to deal with Back and Neck Pain

Most of the Pilates mat exercises strengthen the muscles necessary to properly support the spine and bring an awareness about what proper posture actually is. It’s not enough just to do Pilates mat exercises; if you want to improve your posture and heal your back pain, you must incorporate Pilates into your daily life. You must translate the Neutral Spine, the feeling of length and the Abdominal Scoop into your desk job. If you can incorporate the deeper Pilates concepts into your daily life, you’ll notice changes immediately — in […]

Study Finds Pilates Helps Low-Back Pain Sufferers More than Other Therapies

Low-back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Odds are, you’re among the sufferers of this pervasive, chronic and painful health condition — and you’re always looking for better ways to find relief without taking pain medication all the time.

One method worth trying? Pilates.

Recent research supports what many Pilates experts and aficionados have been saying for decades: That doing Pilates is not only great for sculpting a strong, lean body — but also for preventing and treating low-back pain.


Heal Your Body With Pilates

Balance Massage and Fitness offers a “Healing Through Pilates” class Thursday, March 12th from 5:30PM – 6:20PM. Sign up today!

Heal Your Body With Pilates Pilates can heal your body, as this instructor found after learning she had a devastating heart condition. by Brooke Siler, author of The Women’s Health Big Book of Pilates

When I first found Pilates, I was moonlighting as a sales manager and trainer at a tiny gym in Manhattan while taking post-grad freelancing courses in the hopes of becoming a writer. Already in tip-top shape, I was humbled—and appalled—at my inability to master the […]