A lot of us know that feeling of waking up in the morning and not being able to get out…
It’s a bit rough, painful, and it’s totally killing your vibe. Painful and weak knees can be the result of a lot of things, which may include stress, genetics, or just a really unlucky result of injury. Don’t panic about it, we have all been through it at least once!
One of the most common body injuries is knee injury – and causes associated with it can range from either degrading tissue to misalignments that wear off joint surfaces, making articular cartilages of the femur and patella really vulnerable to chronic pain and dysfunction.
Reformer Pilates is a physical fitness program that was discovered and developed by Joseph Pilates to strengthen the body while also improving mental health. This particular type of movement involves the art of controlled movement. In a way, it is very similar to Yoga, but Reformer Pilates concentrates more on the lower body parts while working on improving balance, good posture, flexibility, strength and balance. Reformer Pilates helps you train the entire body, yet controls movements.
What does this mean when it comes to joint function?
Studies have shown that Pilates exercises stimulate lubrication in the joints, this is usually caused by the stable motion of exercises done repeatedly that produces more synovial fluid – a liquid that is super important in helping reduce pain and improving joint motion.
It was also found by recent studies that the nervous system was improved by following a strict exercise routine within 12 weeks. Since Pilates exercises require a lot of precision in order to be effective, there is not much repetition added to the workout. But, stretching important muscles plays an important role, as well as breathing techniques.
When you suffer from any kind of injury, what you need to do first is to start activating your muscles, in order to create resistance to the body movements. This is an excellent way to work on any deficiencies you have with your knees or any kind of knee injuries that could deteriorate the joints in time, if not treated accordingly. If the joint tissue gets deformed, intra-articular degradation takes place and it might leave you with more pain and joint locking.
Reformer Pilates helps correct misalignment caused by repetitive movements or any kind of damage brought by years of neglecting your body, and, if you are also interested in building knee strength, start with light footwork on the reformer. Squat movements are excellent when it comes to hip alignment all the way down to the feet.
Reformer Pilates exercises help clients fix imbalances in the body and allow us to create a specifically tailored programmer for the needs of each person in particular. So, if your body needs a lower intensity or higher intensity, more weight or less weight, that can be easily achieved with the Pilates Reformer, without impacting your knees. Moreover, another great advantage of the reformer is that it’s easier to practice rehabilitation programmes and exercises on it.
How? Usually, the feet-in-straps create balance when you are working out and at the same time, and take our word for it, the “bridge” is one of those postures that work on your glutes, offering high support on the back of the knees, strengthening your muscles to create support. The Pilates equipment is very useful in creating specific types of movements for knee injury rehabilitation and altogether with personal assessment, treating a particular problem becomes much easier because we get in touch with how the joint moves and treatment can be personally addressed to each individual. Reformer Pilates contains a range of motions, including roll and glide – an opportunity to work muscles in different planes. Therefore, focusing on muscle activation protects the painful injured area around the knee.
You may need to give it some time though, in order for the benefits to settle, so basically, the first step is to work on your glutes. Within some sessions, the muscles around the knee will be able to tolerate more and progress will slowly start to show up, allowing exercises to progress with more weights to them, overpowering your bones to prevent any future injury.
The unique combination of Pilates exercises not only will improve your flexibility range in a short time, but it channels your mind and body into finding ways to heal faster, creating a better and stronger bond between the two.
Understanding the action of the two of them combined together, you will be able to build knee strength and alignment, and regain back motion. Always search for a certified instructor to help you and guide you through the sessions, especially when it comes to knee sensibility or any kind of pain in the body.
Oh, and never stop going. Will is also an amazing part of the process!