How does Pilates help with tendinopathy?
- Tendinitis – this refers to swelling of the tendons, so they may be inflamed, painful, swollen, warm and sometimes show redness
- Tendinosis – basically non-inflammatory degeneration of a tendon. This degeneration can include changes to the structure or composition of the tendon
You can read more on the difference between tendinitis and tendinosis here, however the most common tendon problems are achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, patellar tendinitis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and supraspinatus tendinitis.
How are tendon strains treated?
- For an acute strain, ice and rest are best.
- For repetitive strain injury, steroid injection into or around the tendon can be effective, but may leave it weak and susceptible to re-injury.
How can Pilates help?
The Pilates reformer
- Isolate and protect inflamed tendons
- Rehabilitating worn and strained tendons
- Build up the correct movement patterns
- Strengthen muscles and muscle chains
Don’t just take our word for it either, here is feedback from a Kennington patient:
After straining my knee for the second time I was afraid of lunging and couldn’t straighten my knee without uncomfortable pulling in my hamstrings. Michelle was able to create a rehab programme to protect my knee joint whilst challenging my hamstrings and strengthening my glutes (and everything else!).
I found myself doing a big range of exercises that were hard, fun and left me feeling really worked out – not what I had expected. My knee feels so much better (no fear of striding out), I feel stronger when standing from a squat and I can tell that I’m using different muscles when walking.
I love the sessions and have signed up for a course of 10!!!