Why Pilates for Hip Osteoarthritis?

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Why Pilates for Hip Osteoarthritis?

Why Pilates for Hip Osteoarthritis?

Pilates can be very beneficial for you if you experience osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip. This is because Pilates is a low-impact strengthening exercise that strengthens the hip stabilising muscles in various functional positions.  The common programming goals for hip OA in rehabilitation, are to achieve segmental control of the hip and regional/global lumbo-pelvic region control. Expert Pilates exercise can help you achieve this by targeting the local and global stabilizers of the hip and lumbo-pelvic region.

Many people think of Pilates as a mat based exercise only, but the Pilates equipment (reformer, stability chair, Cadillac and barrels), add many dimensions to this exercise.

The Benefit of Pilates Exercise

Pilates exercises are fantastic to gently and progressively load the joints to build strength, and increase mobility even if the muscles around your hip are very weak initially. Furthermore, the equipment allows you to also add traction to your hip join with the use of the reformer and the Cadillac. As a result, 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 also 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. In addition, strength and adequate joint motion provide 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
  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Unloading in certain joints (eg, knee and hip)
    http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/330487-overview

Other factors to consider include diet and natural supplementation, as advocated in naturopathic medicine. This factors may also be beneficial for the treatment of arthritis. “Turmeric, a dried powder derived from the rhizome of Curcuma longa, has been used for centuries in certain parts of the world and has been linked to numerous biological activities including arthritis, for instance. One component of turmeric is curcumin, which has been extensively studied, as indicated by more than 5600 citations, most of which have appeared within the past decade” Aggarwal et al, 2013.

For more easy-to read information about the benefits of turmeric, we strongly recommend that you read  the very informative following article: https://www.cognitune.com/turmeric-curcumin-benefits/

If you suffer from hip osteoarthritis, don’t wait. Book yourself for a rehabilitation assessment at CORE Kensington and be on your way a better quality of life.

Blog written by Carlo Yanez for Core Kensington LTD.

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References

Aggarwal, B. B., Yuan, W. , Li, S. and Gupta, S. C. (2013), Curcumin‐free turmeric exhibits anti‐inflammatory and anticancer activities: Identification of novel components of turmeric. Mol. Nutr. Food Res., 57: 1529-1542. doi:10.1002/mnfr.201200838



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