HOW MUCH DO YOU SIT and how does that affect your spine, joints and core muscles?
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Driving to and from work?
Sitting at work?
Sitting for eating, breakfast, lunch, dinner?
Watching TV/DVDs, sports, BOX SETS!?
Using internet NOT related to work (phones, tablets, gaming etc.)?
Sitting for other reasons such as playing an instrument, sewing, reading, model building (I should have had shares in Warhammer when my son was younger)? Stopping for a cuppa?
Nigel Denby is a Registered Dietitian with a special interest in women's health - menopause, PCOS, PMS, weight management and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Along with Consultant Gastroenterologist Jackie Harvey we ran a Beat the Bloat workshop at the Northampton studio. We will be repeating it!
But for now..I am delighted to be able to offer insights from Nigel on nutrition, I am a movement teacher and leave this area to the experts.
So 6 months into the year how are your fitness goals going?
Did you start the year with all good intentions, this is THE YEAR that you are going to get on top of it..they say if you do something for 10 days in a row it becomes a habit. If you did an hour of Pilates every day for 30 days not only would you have a new habit but a new body as well! Sore in a satisfying way, leggings would be loose from all the athleticism, mind clear, internal showers everywhere!
Lets's be clear from the outset, I am not a medical professional, I teach movement. However 20 years of working with people with back pain or other joint issues alongside some amazing health professionals has given all of us at Northants Pilates considerable insight in how to help these unlucky souls. Which is why we see so many of their patients, they know we will continue the recovery process they start.
BUT we can be our own worst enemy with our behaviour and beliefs about back pain and some of these are holding many people back from significant improvement not only in their pain but their daily life as well. Below are some of the common reasons or beliefs held by many that can stop you from getting better. If some of these resonate with you or someone you know..great, if it gets you thinking about changing your mindest on back pain and what you can then this is a worthwhile first step to gaining control of your life again.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Karen Grinter, Studio Director, Northants Pilates.
MOVING WILL MAKE MY BACK PAIN WORSE
Men don't have pelvic floors, that's what women have!
Many years ago I had a guy referred to me for Pilates from a local Spinal Specialist. He was clearly dubious about coming and didn't know anything about Pilates. So we got started and as always I talked about what muscles we would be working and looking to improve to help with his back pain and that included the Pelvic Floor.
He was quite insistent that he didn't have a pelvic floor, that's just for women. When I pointed out that incontinence pads are like nappies and you get boy ones as well as girl ones he was quite put out! Sadly we just had the one session, he wasn't a convert. However, the pelvic floor is pretty vital for all of us and more importantly it can also help support your back and in our Pilates classes it's always part of the muscular recruitment process for each exercise.
I had a C Section, mine's ok.
Whilst we see lots of people with back problems, neck and shoulder issues feature highly too. Sometimes people are not even aware of the tension they create in this area. It seems it’s our default position when we are cross/stressed/tired or all of that are shoulders up around our ears. Truly if we tensed our abdominal wall or maybe the pelvic floor muscles as often as we did our shoulders, we’d all have 6 packs and Tena Lady/Man would see the share price fall with lack of sales. Sadly it’s not, constant tensing of the shoulders around our ears simply seems to create problems with pain and poor posture being the end result.
Being a pilates teacher is like being an undertaker, as long as there are keyboards, we will have customers! This year marks 20 years since I first trained to teach Pilates and finally I am embracing social media to send out the message about exercise and pain and where it can help. Perhaps dispel a few myths and most of all educate anyone seeking help with back pain and all that comes with it.
Karen Grinter, Mum, Pilates Teacher, Back Pain and Exercise Specialist, Business Owner and Millie's Owner!
"Pilates in my practice is mainstream, and Northants Pilates is a first class outfit that I wholeheartedly endorse."
Mr Nick Birch, Consultant Spinal Surgeon