Why Pilates Is The Arthritis Diet To Help Arthritis Pain Relief
Exercises for arthritis pain has traditionally been water exercise, walking and gentle forms of Yoga. Pilates is now a very acceptable form of arthritis pain relief and more and more doctors are recommending Pilates as the arthritis diet to their patients.
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. Moderate exercises for arthritis on a regular basis, performed in a pain free range of motion, is what is always recommended for arthritis sufferers because of the importance of keeping those effected joints mobile. Pilates benefits people with arthritis for this very reason.
Pilates Benefits include increased strength, increased flexibility, and a better sense of balance and body awareness.
Performing Pilates exercises for arthritis may also lead to a decrease in fatigue and leave you with a general feeling of wellbeing. All of these benefits are perfect for the arthritis sufferer.
Adaptation is the name of the game when you embark on these exercises for arthritis. The key is to modify the exercises to suit your level of fitness.
Any qualified Pilates instructor can see you through an appropriate routine for your particular ailment and tailor it to be effective for you.
Here are a few basic arthritis pain relief exercises.
Wall Roll Down: Stand with your lower back firmly against a wall and your feet about a foot away from the wall knees slightly bent. Inhale to prepare, exhale to drop your chin towards your chest and roll your spine off the wall one vertebrae at a time until your arms and head are hanging down over your hips and you’ve reached a point of resistance.
Inhale to stay, exhale to roll back up the wall making sure each part of your spine makes contact with the wall. Use your abdominals! Note: How far you go into flexion depends on what type of arthritis you have.
Repeat three times. Good for stretching hamstrings and spine.
Mermaid Stretch: Find a bench and sit on the front edge with your feet firmly on the ground and hips width apart. Inhale raise your right arm straight up to the sky, exhale and bend to the left, reaching out of the fingertips. Inhale to stay, exhale return to center.
Repeat both sides three times through. Make sure to keep your bottom squarely on the chair and your spine upright. Stretches the sides of your waist and ribcage.
Imprinted Spine: Lie on a mat or on a raised platform with knees bent and feet placed hips width apart on the mat. Breathe in and engage your abdominals.
Exhale and move your pelvis into a slight tuck feeling your lower back in contact with the floor. Inhale and release back to neutral.
Repeat five times.
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