Pilates and Posture

Everyone lives a busy lifestyle, often with irregular physical activity. Nowadays people work in front of a computer all day, use their mobile phone on-the-go, sit for long periods of time (including the commute to/from work) and unsurprisingly, complain of a sore back and pain around their neck and shoulders. In addition, many people deal also with regular headaches.

This modern lifestyle has a huge effect on our posture. Many small habits when combined, can force a large negative change to your posture. For example, do you ever sit at work in a slouched position with one or both legs crossed on your chair? This common posture contributes to tightness at the neck and shoulder as well as tight hip flexors which has many (negative) flow-on effects.

If this is you, then structured training sessions in the Pilates method will help you in the short and long-term. This is because Pilates is the original corrective exercise method, working with postural alignment and core control at the powerhouse muscles (abdominals, gluteals, inner thigh, pelvic floor and deep back) as well as stretching tight muscles. On that note, Pilates uses specific exercises to dynamically mobilise and stretch tight and overworked muscle groups. Over time muscles build up directly and will be stronger, providing the client with awareness about how to maintain this ideal balance and posture.

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5 Reasons Men Should Do Pilates

Pilates participation is overwhelmingly dominated by females, despite the practice being developed by German-born Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century.

The following article provides 5 great reasons why men can benefit from the practice. Pilates will help you build core strength, improve flexibility and develop often-neglected muscle groups. Have a read and see if Pilates might be for you:

http://www.mensfitness.com/training/build-muscle/5-reasons-men-should-do-pilates

If you are interested in discussing any aspect of Pilates with one of our experienced instructors then please feel free to ask a questioncontact us or send us an email at:

info@melbourneosteopathycentre.com.au

Running-Induced Fatigue and Core Endurance

Recent Articles with Dr Brendan O’Loughlin

Kinematic changes during running-induced fatigue and relations with core endurance in novice runners

This study aimed to investigate kinematic (movement) changes experienced during running-induced fatigue. Further, the study examined relations between kinematic changes and core endurance. The study included 17 participants which isn’t a very large sample group, however it did produce some interesting findings.

You can access the article via PubMed at the link below:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23790535

Mo Farah running with upright posture compared to Hayle Ibrahimov with trunk flexion.

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Strength Training for Runners

Strength training for runners is a some-what controversial topic, especially given the large amount of variability in regards to what methods different practitioners, coaches and runners think work best. I guess there are really two questions when deciding if formulating a well-conducted strength program can help with your running. One, will the physical increase in strength increase my performance? And two, will the strength work help prevent injury and therefore allow me to train more consistently, thus indirectly increasing my running capabilities?

Both are valid points, lets have a look at both in greater detail.

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