When we talk about spinal health one of the first things we think about is: strengthen it! But how? What does it mean to have strength in the spine?
To have strength in the spine means having a body axis that allows you to perform daily tasks with less effort and less pain and the ability to perform large movements with upper and lower limbs. It is also about being able to do impact activities for the spine, such as running, jumping and carrying weights, without noticing excessive pain or discomfort. For this, our body must have strength yes, but mainly freedom and efficiency of movement, which depends a lot on a balanced and active organism.
Joseph Pilates realized that moving freely and often in all possible directions brought more control and strength to the body, lightness and physical ability or overall health (reread our article: "Pilates and its health benefits"). Mr. Pilates's goal was that early on, humans would take care of spinal health with daily and well-executed exercises. Thus, these exercises would bring many health benefits to the spine and would be the most effective way to good physical form.
As the spine is the first foothold of human beings, as babies, the best thing to do is to resume this natural course of development as a way to rehabilitate and restore the health of the spine. Strengthen the body in lower, simpler positions, such as lying, sitting, and kneeling and then follow progression to the most complex and flexible movements. The spine is one of the major beneficiaries of this type of body control. In executing each movement, every detail is important and concentration becomes the great ally of mind-body integration, with gains in motor control, balance, flexibility and strength.
Fig. I - Pilates with Devices
The devices, developed by Joseph Pilates, help people who need to regain movement, such as those who have pain and injury and challenge the most trained to increase efficiency, muscle recovery and breathing. But there is also important solo work on Pilates.
Fig. II - Solo work Pilates
To help you strengthen your muscles and joints, you can always complement your workout with Rocksprint's Joint Plus, with Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, among others, as well as Collagen Joint Complex Gel, to help your muscle recovery.
In short, Pilates does strengthen the spine, the abdomen and tones the upper and lower limbs, but above all leads people to rediscovery and awareness of the body, being a complete exercise for the spine and gymnastics for the brain.
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By Igor Barros, Physiotherapist in Bodylab Academy