Osteopathy and the Pilates Reformer
As an Osteopath we use a wide range of techniques to treat the presenting patient’s problem as well as working out how it was caused and how to prevent it happening again. As I treat more and more patients I have found that working alongside other healthcare practitioners is essential to a patients recovery. Not only does it speed up the treatment process, it also helps the results to be longer lasting and ensures the patient stays pain-free.
I had my first experience on the Pilates Reformer and it was an incredible session. Not only did I get an extremely hard workout but I learnt more about my body than I ever knew before. The Reformer was invented by Joseph Pilates and mimics a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it which rolls back and forth. Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move.
I completed exercises in all different positions promoting strength, flexibility, length and balance under the watchful eye of my instructor who helped and pushed me through each exercise. I noticed different areas of my body that worked together, didn’t work so well and worked very differently to the other side. This was also picked up and monitored by my instructor and she changed the exercises to target these similarities and differences.