Feeling Better is Better

From day to day we all have times where we get general stiffness, aches, pains, injuries and post operation instabilities which can affect us when it comes to our livelihood and what we want to do. We don’t want to feel restricted when we are either at work, socialising, spending time with our families or even just relaxing and sometimes there are factors within the body which stop us doing what we want to do e.g. injuries preventing us from activities. However rehabilitation can help us return to feeling better!

Rehabilitation is a process in which pains and injuries are addressed within the musculoskeletal system and then worked on in order to improve and return to the optimum levels of functionality, fitness and strength. The stages in which rehabilitation works is to:
-Start by identifying and diagnosing the problem with an assessment of the affected area.
-Addressing pain management, getting rid of or reducing the pain if there is a presenting pain.
-Returning the range of motion/movement around the affected areas joints and muscles. This may be done by sports massage or even functional movements and training. It is common for range of motion to decrease after possible injuries causing inflammation, swelling and pain.
-Returning strength and endurance to the affected area and surrounding areas using exercises differing in intensities and styles such as cardiovascular training or non-resistance/resistance training.
-Focus on improving balance, proprioception and coordination. Balance and proprioception consists basically of the conscious and subconscious awareness of our body’s position in relation to the space around it. Proprioceptive re-education gets the muscle receptors working for rapid motor response our body uses proprioception to protect its muscles and joints through proper positioning to prevent overstretching or tearing or tendons, ligaments etc.

The body really is a fascinating and at the same time complex structure and rehabilitation can help get your body back to that desired state and functionality to enable you to FEEL BETTER.

I want you to think about your current day to day life, are you happy with the way your body is functioning through your daily activities? Is there anything stopping you doing things you love? Would you like something to change?

I am offering the opportunity to work with me in a 1:1 environment where we can work on the rehabilitation program together followed by a plan created by myself to return the affected area you present to its ideal and optimum pain free functionality. An example of this may be you come to me with shoulder pain and then through an assessment we can find out the problem, then with the assistance of rehabilitation exercises and massage, relieve the pain and work on training the shoulder to an improved range of motion/movement and strength.
My offer will be your first session with me being 50% off from a usual £55 for a 55-minute session down to £27.50.

MATT WYATT – Sports Therapist Bsc (Hons)
Reformer Pilates Instructor
07783449543
wyattsportstherapy@icloud.com

All services are provided by instructors on a self-employed basis.

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Pilates For Runners

Pilates for Runners

 

It is no doubt running is a great way to improve and maintain good cardiovascular health. Its also useful for weight loss, creating headspace, and with many available competitions and events, it can be a great way to meet new people.

 

However, running is typically known for creating asymmetries throughout the body and causing muscle imbalances. Some muscles get overused and become tight, while others are underused and become weak. These imbalances can result in lower back pain and problematic knees and hips. All of which can be avoided.

 

Preventing injury and pain from running all comes down to maintaining correct posture, and ensuring muscles remain both strong and flexible, throughout the body. This is equally as important for competitive runners as it is for casual joggers. Any kind of running can create muscular imbalances!

 

Commonly overused and tight muscles for runners are the hamstring muscles, in the back of the thighs, and the calf muscles in the posterior lower leg. When these muscles get tight they classically cause lots of knee and hip pain, preventing you from continuing to run (see below for some at home prevention exercises). The severity of the imbalance can vary, however any imbalance will effect the way you move whilst running, and will negatively impact upon your joints.

 

So how can pilates help? Pilates is typically known for its benefits with core strength and helping aid recovery from back injury. Core strength plays an important role in posture around the lower back and pelvis area, a crucial area to be stable for runners. Along side this, pilates creates a long and lengthened spine, with strong and flexible surrounding muscles. Perfect for runners.

 

Pilates will not only increase the flexibility and maintain the length in the hamstring and calf muscles (as spoken about earlier), but it will improve upon your posture collectively. Making you a more efficient runner,  and preventing injury.

 

Pilates teaches you what correct posture should be, and how to use the correct muscles to maintain that posture. Then, the more classes you attend the stronger your body will become in the correct position. So, for the first few classes you may be consciously thinking about correct posture. But, with time, your body will start to change naturally and your mind will subconsciously tell you to be in the correct posture. Improving posture is not an overnight change. It takes time and thought, but Pilates will guide you all the way and will provide many other benefits along side the posture change.

 

 

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