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Pilates, a Lifestyle Change

Pilates is an exercise method that aims to strengthen the body with an emphasis on the core and control.

It is almost unique in its suitability for all ages and abilities and research has demonstrated its positive impact on patients with non specific chronic low back pain, for which numerous treatments have been unsuccessful.

In our clinic at Marylebone we offer Pilates lead by qualified instructors and physiotherapists who are able to tailor an exercise programme to any individual need. For our beginners or those aiming for a more personalised experience we offer one to one sessions, where the therapist is able to listen to any concerns and make sure that every exercise is completed optimally.

Pilates was initially a mat based exercise programme and I spent time teaching this technique in NHS hospitals to those suffering from MSk conditions as well as post surgically and pre/post natal. Here at Marylebone we teach traditional mat based Pilates but also use the more modern reformers. Whilst daunting to look at, the reformers can provide a more challenging workout whilst focusing on those principals of core control central to the Pilates technique.

If you are unsure whether Pilates is right for you, then you can always come along and try one of our free 30 min taster sessions with a qualified therapist. The team and I have worked with a range of conditions and have seen people progress from acute pain to enjoying physical activity again; we would love to hear from you and hope to see you here at Marylebone soon!

by Ashleigh Ellis CSP HSPC

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Upcoming TrailMed Event in Velodrome

TrailMed are bringing their Health and Performance Laboratory to London! And there is no better place for it as in our East London Physiotherapy and Sport Medicine clinic in the Lee Valley Velopark.

CardioPulmonary Exercise Testing

Dr Patrick Musto will be conducting Cardio Pulmonary Exercise Testing on Saturday the 23rd February 2019 at the Velodrome.

CPET is a test accurately measuring the funcion of your heart and lungs in response to exercise. The results of the test will give you more information about your health and exercise capacity and allow you to plan your training programs knowing your thresholds.

If that sounds interesting do not hesitate to book yourself in while there are spaces still available! To book yourself in follow the link below.

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How is the test performed?

TrailMed will ask you to exercise on a bike while wearing a mask to set the protocol. The test will involve gradual increase in intensity of exercise to ensure your heart and lungs are stressed. Your breathing, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation will be recorded and monitored. The more you are able to do, the more information is gained from the test. The whole appointment will take up to an hour including explanations, consent, history, examination and testing. For further details visit TrailMed webpage.

If you are wondering what CPET and what benefits it brings but don't want to get tested yourself, Dr Musto will also be holding a CPET Talk and Demonstration on the same day. Express your interest by contacting TrailMed directly!

 

 

Proprioception

Proprioception is the sense of knowing where your body part is in space, without having to look. This can be a difficult concept to grasp until you lose it, because so much proprioception occurs subconsciously. It is important in all everyday movements but especially so in complicated sporting movements, where precise coordination is essential.

Your proprioception capabilities can be impaired when joints are injured, such as with ligament sprains. When you lose proprioception of your joint after a sprain, you may experience an unstable sensation of the joint. The most common symptom of reduced proprioception is poor balance.

The Proprioceptive System is made up of receptor nerves that are positioned in the muscles, joints and ligaments around joints. The receptors can sense tension and stretch and pass this information to the brain where it is processed. The brain then responds by signalling to muscles to contract or relax in order to produce the desired movement. Following injury to joints and ligaments the receptors are also damaged, which means the information that is usually sent to the brain is impaired. This can leave the person prone to re-injury, or decrease their coordination during sport.

Proprioceptive and balance exercises teach your body to control the position of a deficient or an injured joint. A common example of a proprioceptive or balance exercise is the use of a wobble board after an ankle sprain. The unpredictable movements of the wobble board re-educates your body to quickly react to the wobbly movements without having to think about these movements. That is, your natural balance and proprioceptive reactions make the transition from a conscious to a subconscious state. A quality subconscious proprioception and balance system is important in everyday life and particularly in sport.