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Pilates for pain

Clinical Pilates for low back pain

15th March, 2021

Non-specific mechanical low back pain - Cambridge Physiotherapy advice and exercises

There are many people who experience back pain which can’t be attributed to a particular structural injury or disease process even with a scan. The medical term for this type of back pain is ‘non-specific mechanical back pain’.   So what does this actually mean? Non-specific Your spine is wrapped in multiple layers of soft […]

Reduce stress and improve soft tissue healing

8th February, 2021

Stress and anxiety - improve healing and reduce pain

Did you know that being mentally ‘stressed’ has an impact both on your experience of pain and your capacity to heal from an injury? You might remember school biology lessons and the ‘fight or flight’ response we all have  when we encounter a threatening or stressful experience. This is an evolutionary chemical reponse in your […]

Best Pilates Exercises To Improve Your Flexibility

2nd November, 2017

Stretch on all fours

With the number of jobs now requiring a substantial amount of computer work, it’s no wonder that so many of us end up feeling ‘chair shaped’ at the end of a working day. Pilates is a great way to improve the flexibility of your muscles and the mobility of your joints. Regular practice not only […]

Why Are My Hip Flexors Tight?

15th October, 2017

Test for the length of your hip flexors - step 1

Your hip flexors are a group of muscles found deep at the front of your hips, attaching your spine to your thigh bones. They work to bend your hips and help lift up your legs when you move around. If you spend a lot of time sitting during your day – commuting to and from […]

The benefits of pilates for men

27th July, 2017

Man stretching during a pilates class

If it’s crossed your mind that you might be the only man in your pilates class, then think again! With the likes of Andy Murray, the All Blacks and Tiger Woods all using pilates as part of their training, there has been a definite rise in the number of men attending pilates classes and the […]

What causes scoliosis & the best pilates exercises for this condition

15th June, 2017

Core strengthening exercise for scoliosis

  Having a ‘scoliosis’ means that part of your spine curves sideways. For most people this is picked up when they are a child and although you might be concerned that you could have prevented it from happening, this isn’t the case. Scoliosis isn’t caused carrying a heavy school bag, slouching or sleeping on your […]

Should you use heat or ice for pain?

25th May, 2017

frozen peas for pain relief

It’s a very common question! Generally it’s recommended that heat works best on aching muscles and chronic pain and ice is applied to early injuries when the area is hot and swollen. That said, it’s often down to personal preference because either or both might help. This blog post outlines some of the similarities and […]

Pilates for posture

23rd April, 2017

Best posture image of stretching

There’s no such thing as the ‘perfect posture’ …  no one set way that we as individuals should all be aiming to stand or sit that’s been scientifically proven to prevent pain. Indeed, we are all different and just like having blue eyes or brown hair, some people are born with tight hamstrings or a […]

How to use a foam roller and what exactly does it do?

17th April, 2017

It can be a love-hate thing but if you’ve tried self-massage using a foam roller before, you’re probably already convinced of the benefits. Reduced muscle pain, increased flexibility and improved joint mobility can all be achieved using a foam roller and it’s not just for rehab after an injury either. You can foam roll before […]

Healthy, pain free knees – best exercises and advice

2nd April, 2017

Balance work to improve control around the knees

Take care of your knees and they’ll help you get up off the floor, walk downstairs, balance on uneven ground and walk for miles without pain. It’s not all about muscle strength either … in fact, that’s only one part of the picture. Flexibility, good control of the way you move and balance are all […]