Waterloo Pilates | Pain, Pilates and Your Recovery


How does Pilates impact on your PAIN and recovery to your injury ? 


To understand the practice of pilates we must first define pain. Definition of Pain: An unpleasant sensory & emotional experience arising from actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage” (international association for the study of pain).

Extensive research has shown, all of us will experience some form of back pain at some point of our lives, whether it being short periods of pain or developing into reoccurring/chronic back pain. The body of science exploring pain is huge and the more we explore it, the more we understand that pain is a field that should be studied as an entity to itself. That being said, we can simplify and stick to some basic key principles…

As an experienced practitioner (as a sports massage therapist and pilates instructor, as well as having worked with chiropractors, physiotherapists and other health care professionals for 10 +years) I have learnt some important key principles to forming a strong and “pain free” body, which I will go into shortly !

First… Did you know ?

  • Pain alters normal movement patterns within the body
  • 4 out of 5 people will experience low back pain in their lives
  • Back pain costs the Australian government over 1 billion dollars a year
  • Further reading on the topic includes federal government content at : http://www.aihw.gov.au/back-problems/what-are-back-problems/

Key Principles to stick to when dealing with pain :

  • Early management is important in preventing longer term problems
  • Building a strong core and having excellent movement pattern training is preventative to low back pain (PILATES)
  • Do not fear your pain, be proactive and consult an allied health care professional (Chiropractor, Massage, Physio) as well as your GP.
  • Finally, always transition out of treatment with active and specific strength training, which is where Pilates comes into it… Naturally !

We are advocates of the ‘CORE’ and will teach you to activate & engage your core, providing stabilisation for the spine, therefore reducing the risk of injury, re-injury or pain. As a pilates instructor, I treat the causes of abnormal movement patterns, help prevent re-occurrence of pain  & help manage pain long term !


Keep pain away & book your pilates class today at Waterloo Chiropractic and Sports Massage ! P| 96900911


Yours in clever spines,

Robyn Higley (Remedial Massage Therapist, Pilates Instructor and Sports Trainer)

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Clever Spines is a passionate health care group looking at improving the function of humanity through a proactive health ethos. In a world built on stress, deconditioning of the human frame and immobility, we are looking to improve the function of the central point of the human body, the spinal column, through chiropractic, massage, pilates and a healthy outlook towards exercise and diet. Our practitioners are passionate, educated and happy to be providing Waterloo, Zetland, Redfern and Brighton Le Sands residents and surrounding suburbs with high standards of allied health care including our dietitian and nutritionist Caris Walsh.