With back pain, one of the most common recommendations I see out there is that 'tight' hamstring muscles are one the main causes and they need stretching out. In this article I am going to be looking at how effective this actually is, I will be looking at the research carried out into this area and also see if there is anything more effective we can do to help with back pain.
A common phrase I hear from clients is that they have previously been told they “have one leg that is longer than the other”. Naturally this may make us think that we have two legs of different lengths, which can be quite worrying. In a lot of cases though the legs are not actually different sizes, there are factors in the body which makes the appearance of ‘one leg longer’.
Leg length difference can cause a number of symptoms amongst clients I see: lower back pain, knee pain, hip/groin pain, shoulder pain are just a few examples.
In this article we are going to look into why many of us do appear to have ‘one leg longer’. We will look at what this means and what you can do about it.
One of the biggest reasons people start Pilates is to help some sort of injury or pain. Whether it’s lower back pain, hip pain or shoulder pain, Pilates is often recommended (keep in mind that this is not the only benefit Pilates has though)
Sometimes though things do not go as we have planned. I often get a number of people who see me either in my Pilates classes or my Therapy studio, who have tried Pilates, but has found it causes them more pain than they had before!
In this article we are going to look at reasons why this might happen, and what you can do if it does.
One thing I have learnt since being a Manual Therapist & Pilates instructor is that problem is not always where the pain is.
In this article I am going to be looking at how shoulder pain could be caused by your glutes. Although this may sound a little bit odd to begin with, by the end I hope you will be able to see that it is quite straight forward and entirely possible for your glute’s to cause shoulder pain.
When people come to visit me, whether it is in my studio or in one of my Pilates classes, one thing that they have often been told previously is that they have ‘weak glutes’. These ‘weak glutes’ often get lumbered with the blame for a number of different symptoms: Lower back pain, Knee pain, Ankle instability, ‘Pronation’ of the foot etc. Often we are told we need to ‘strengthen’ our glutes to bring good function back to the body and more importantly in the hope that it might resolve some of these issues.
In this article I am going to look at why you may get more benefit from taking a different approach rather than simply attempting to ‘strengthen’ your glutes.
Pilates Instructor & Therapist, helping you understand why we do what we do!