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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Medical History Explained: Workstation Ergonomics

It’s no exaggeration to say that many office workers spend more time sitting at a desk than they do at home these days. With the standard 9 to 5 office hours rapidly becoming extinct, it is not uncommon for workers to sit for up to 15-hours each day. Studies have shown that the average Australian sits 10-hours per day including 7.7-hours at work, and the remainder ploughing through emails, eating or catching up on social media at home. So how are these types of patterns important for your medical history?

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Correcting Posture For The Modern World

Long hours spent sitting in front of a computer combined with the escalating use of small mobile devices has seen a rapid degradation of ‘good posture’ in today’s world. Our own Dr Shane Buntman was featured on Channel 9 news last year talking about the rise of these sorts of complaints. And it appears that even the fashion world is taking notice, with this article also appearing on the Vogue website late last year.

Is Perfect Posture the New Six-Pack? 3 Ways to Straighten Up

Posture in Vogue

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Mobile Phone Use Causing Tripping Accidents

Following on from last week’s post featuring the channel 9 news report on ‘text neck’ featuring our centre’s own director Shane Buntman, this week we look another issue where mobile device use is adversely changing our movement and posture. And this problem extends beyond the neck.

There are some rather obvious safety issues with mobile phone use when driving and cycling. Now this list has expanded to also include walking.

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A group of researchers set out to investigate the effect mobile phone use may have on distraction-related walking injuries. The study analysed 30 adults walking across an 8 meter long strip with 11 motion capture cameras recording joint angles, step length, walking speed, and other gait parameters.

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How Pilates Can Alleviate Headaches

A headache is a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head, neck and body. It can therefore be confusing for people to understand where the real problem is stemming from. In Australia 87% of people experience headaches every year, with the most common way of treating them being painkillers.

Headaches are a common complaint we hear from Pilates clients and for many people they can be a daily occurrence, and one that has lasted for a  number of years.

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Tips For Better Sleep – Part 1

We are always told by our mother, our doctor or any health professional that good nutrition, regular exercise, and restful sleep are the keys to good health and happiness. When sleep is lacking it will cause issues such as illness, emotional unrest, fatigue and general underperformance, just to name a few. Good sleep is also often a simple and speedy remedy to many simple illnesses, lethargy, poor mood or poor athletic performance.

Poor sleep is such a common complaint, that I thought it may be helpful to discuss how to gain some quality sleep. So here is Part 1 of Tips for Better Sleep. I hope you find it useful.

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Pilates for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease whereby the bones in your body become fragile as bone mass is lost. This can, in turn, lead to bone fractures. The most common site for bone fractures in osteoporotic people are the spine, wrist and hip.

Many people are under the impression that this should only be a concern for their grandmothers or mothers, although this is not the case as more and more of our population are sedentary and do not consume an adequate amount of nutritious foods, especially those high in vitamin D and calcium.

Pilates is a great activity for osteoporotic people as it incorporates weight bearing exercises which are critical for the process of bone breakdown and re-laying of new bone. Weight bearing exercises can help to prevent, slow down and sometimes reverse the effects of osteoporosis.

Any form of exercise that works to ‘surprise’ your bones will help to stimulate the growth of bones, Pilates included. When bones are challenged they produce cells called osteoblasts which improve your bone density.

As well as all of these benefits Pilates helps to increase your co-ordination, balance, and reflexes helping you to avoid falling. If you do fall you may well be able to catch yourself in time and prevent a bone fracture.

– Nicole instructs Studio Pilates at Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre. She also takes Private Pilates classes.

You can find out more information about Pilates classes on our Centre’s Pilates page.

Is Sitting Cross Legged Causing You Pain?

For most people, today’s world sees an increased amount of hours spent indoors sitting on our backsides. Many people, either through comfort or habit, spend some of this time sitting cross-legged. Have you considered the effect sitting cross-legged has on your low back, pelvis or hips?

Simply placing the Right knee over the left produces the following effects …

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Will Pilates Help My Back Pain?

Around 80% of Australians will experience low back pain at some stage in their lifetime. As a Pilates instructor with over 4 years experience working in both Osteopathy and Physiotherapy centres, I’ve seen an extremely large number of clients coming through the Pilates studio with back pain. The most common question asked is “Will Pilates help my back pain?” The simple answer is yes, not only can it alleviate back pain but Pilates can also prevent an occurrence of back pain. 

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