Pilates can be very beneficial for you if you experience osteoarthritis of the hip. This is because Pilates a low-impact strengthening exercise that works on strengthening the stabilising muscles of your hip (adductors, abductors, hip flexors and extensors) in many functional positions.
Many people think of Pilates as a mat based exercise only, but the reformer, stability chair, Cadillac and barrels add many dimensions to this exercise.
Pilates exercises are fantastic to add gentle load the joint to build strength, and increase mobility even if the muscles around your joint are very weak initially. The equipment allows you to add traction to your hip join with the use of the reformer and the Cadillac. This can be extremely beneficial to increase joint space and fluid dynamics within the joint capsule.
If your goal is to try a conservative approach in order to avoid surgery, Pilates exercises may help your joints not only putting off surgical interventions, but to prepare and recover faster from them.
The cornerstone of Pilates exercise is to improve joint stability and increase joint mobility, therefore, your overall body joint health will greatly benefit from this form of exercise. E.g. knees, wrists, shoulders, spine.
Why Pilates for Hip Osteoarthritis?
Adequate joint motion and elasticity of periarticular tissues are necessary for cartilage nutrition and health, protection of joint structures from damaging impact loads, function, and comfort in daily activities. Pilates exercises may help with the above benefits.
Current recommendations of non-pharmacologic osteoarthritis therapy interventions include the following:
- Patient education
- Heat and cold
- Weight loss
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Unloading in certain joints (eg, knee and hip)
If you suffer from hip osteoarthritis book yourself for rehabilitation assessment with us at CORE Kensington and be on your way a better quality of life.
Blog written by Carlo Yanez for Core Kensington LTD.