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Pilates for Adolescents

 

Pilates for Adolescents

 

Significantly more teenagers are presenting in the doctor’s office with back and neck pain. The root cause of this pain is taut, rigid bands of muscle that develop as a direct consequence of poor posture.

 

The underlying culprit may be heavy backpacks and slumped spinal posture while using laptops and smartphones. 

Resolution requires a posture tune-up. Strengthening key muscles including the abdominal core is equivalent to reinforcing support beams in a collapsing structure. The dilemma is often that the support system or abdominal muscles are quite deconditioned after months or years of sitting slumped over.

There are several ramifications to having a slumped posture. Maintaining ideal spinal alignment means that the compressive forces, including gravity and the weight of any objects we carry, are applied to the spinal elements designed to support this force.

Slumping changes the distribution of compressive forces through the spine, overloading  muscles and discs. Over time, excessive compressional loading leads to chronic muscle tension and pain and degenerative disc disease into adulthood.

 

What is the solution? 

I recommend a posture tune-up, which can be achieved through Pilates.

Our core system of abdominal muscles functions as a support system to maintain good spinal alignment against gravity. 

Pilates re-establishes ideal spinal alignment by training the muscles that hold the spine in an upright position.  Pilates challenges individuals to maintain ideal spinal under increasingly difficult parameters, achieved with the addition of resistance or destabilizing positions using a Pilates Reformer.

 

At PMI, Pilates instruction is one-on-one. Your Pilates Instructor is a Registered Physiotherapist which means you receive advanced biomechanical assessment and form correction under the supervision of an expert.  Additionally, Pilates will be covered under your physiotherapy allowance within your workplace benefits package.