Surprise surprise! Guess what exercise researchers found best for balance?
No surprise to the dance world that’s been using Pilates since it came to America in the 60’s. No surprise to any of us who do Pilates regularly.
Research is finally catching up with what we Pilates students have always known – Pilates is incredible for so many reasons and balance is just one!
But balance is particularly important for the older body – see why!
Have a look at this fascinating research!
Pilates linked to better balance in older women with back pain
(Reuters Health) – Older women with lower back pain who add Pilates to their physical therapy routine may see improvements in balance and reductions in fear of falling that don’t result from other types of exercise, a Spanish study suggests.
Researchers followed about 100 women aged 65 and older, offering all of them physiotherapy twice a week with 40 minutes of nerve stimulation and 20 minutes of massage and stretching exercises. Half the women also received hour-long pilates sessions twice a week.
After six weeks, the women who did Pilates reported a reduced fear of falling, while the other women didn’t. Pilates was also linked to greater improvements in balance and reductions in back pain.
“Pilates exercises focus not only on physical but also on psychological development, and mind-body interaction is the main principal of the method,” lead author Dr. Fidel Hita-Contreras of the University of Jaen in Spain said by email….
“While improvements may be even greater with a longer pilates exercise program, women may find improvements as early as six weeks,” Wells said by email. “I would think, though, that it is important to maintain strength and fitness with ongoing exercise to prevent decline in the future.”
For the complete article go to http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/26/us-health-backpain-pilates-idUSKCN0QV28H20150826.