June 18, 2006

Pilates Rehab: Part II

For instance, early arthosis, dislocations, chronic tendonitis among others conditions are derived or caused by the misbalance in the joints’ stabilizing system, and signify the late demonstrations of a process that can take a long time of evolution before becoming symptomatic.

The type of mobility reeducation given by the Pilates rehab model is based on strength development, muscular elasticity and tonicity, with no tensions, cero impact, no rough movements cut by sudden interruptions like aerobic exercises (stepping, bouncing, etc.)

The strength, tonicity and flexibility development relies on the conscious movement control, the strength and alignment (motion control) of the intensive use of a muscular exercise called “eccentric”. In this kind of job or muscular contraction, the muscle is stretched. Exercised this way, the muscle grows in length and no in wideness as it occurs when lifting weights or working against resistances that make the muscle get short.

The muscle’s growth in length not only allows having more strength, but also –and this is a crucial element in rehab- decreases the tension over the tendons and diminishes the pressure among the bones of a joint and its support structures (ligaments, articular capsules, cartilages).

The eccentric exercise is achieved through Pilates’ method thanks to the high level of concentration and control over the movements that demand the correct execution of this technique and the use of resorts, which provide a variable tension and dynamic. The resort, from a mechanical point of view are very similar to the muscles, for that we could say muscles are worked out by their “equals”.


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