Neck pain is one of the most common problems today. A sedentary lifestyle such as sitting in front of a computer and working at a desk for hours can strain your shoulder muscles as they hold your arms as you work. Overusing the muscles in your neck as well as in the adjacent parts can also lead to pain. These days, it is more likely that we experience neck pain and it greatly affects our way of living.
From plain discomfort in the neck, to injury or chronic pain, practicing Reformer Pilates can provide relief. Contrary to the belief of some people that physical activity can worsen the pain, exercising correctly can actually help relieve discomfort.
Your neck is made up of muscles, nerves, bones (vertebrae), and vertebral disks. Discomfort in any of these structures is considered as neck pain. A common cause of neck pain is muscle strain or tension.
Because the neck carries the weight of your head, and its bones are among the most movable joints in the body, it is extremely vulnerable to pain and injury.
Commonly, day-to-day activities are responsible for causing pain. These activities include bending over a desk for hours, bad posture while watching TV or reading, improper positioning of computer monitor, sleeping in an awkward position, and twisting and turning the neck in a rough manner during exercise.
During exercise, your neck and shoulders work too much if not properly supported. Weak abdominal muscles, weak back muscles, and poor alignment are to blame. To relieve and prevent neck pain, it is important that the abdominals, back and alignment should work together to create stability in the trunk that frees the neck.
How Pilates Can Help with Neck Pain
Neck pain should not be a reason not to do your regular everyday activities. Reformer Pilates may help you improve your lifestyle and be free from pain.
Reformer Pilates supports in developing abdominal and upper back strength and proper alignment in alleviating neck pain. A 2009 study indicated that Pilates training program is effective in improving abdominal strength and upper spine posture as well as stabilizing posture can prevent neck-shoulder disorders. Also, a 2013 study indicated that Pilates has a role to play in reducing pain and disability in neck pain patients.
Strengthening your core allows your abdominal muscles to relieve extra stress on the neck muscles. Exercises for the upper back can help develop the strength needed to support the neck. It is encouraged to engage your abdominals and use back muscles instead of lifting your head and shoulders independently while exercising. Your head should be in line with your spine as poor alignment by overextending or overflexing your neck can lead to neck pain.
Over time, Reformer Pilates will allow you to develop strength in your abdominals and back, and you will develop awareness of your alignment, helping you get rid of neck pain.
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