People have many risk factors for becoming unwell due to aging and lack of exercise.
In younger people, lack of exercise and mobility can affect all areas of life, as shown by an increase in lower back, neck, and shoulder pain.
In elderly people, decrease in balance ability resulting from aging triggers motor and gait disorders, which greatly affect their mobility in day-to-day life. Therefore, in an exercise program for those people, the main focus should be on whether it prevents falls and affects gait in a positive way. Physical factors that influence falls include weakening of lower extremity muscular strength, a decrease in gait ability, a reduction in balance ability, and a decrease in sensory motor control.
Pilates can help
To increase physical stability, trunk stabilisation exercise is helpful for enhancing balance ability, as the muscular strength of the trunk, among other different factors, is related to balance and functional activities.
Pilates exercises also stress strengthening of the muscles to stabilize the trunk through core exercises. Balance exercise on an unstable base of support is also used clinically to stabilise the trunk(1).
A program tailor-made for you!
At IC Sports Therapies we can tailor a Pilates program to suit an individual’s specific needs, with one-on-one or small group classes. The results of these Pilates programs can be measured by the use of our HUMAC computerised balance system, with simple before and after comparison testing. Testing is available during our normal business hours.
(1) The Effects of Pilates Mat Exercise on the Balance Ability of Elderly Females, Journal of Physical Therapy Science, Vol. 26 (2014) No. 2 February p. 291-293