When you’re serious about achieving any type of fitness goal, a huge fear can be around getting injured. We have the most highly qualified movement specialists here at Ross Pilates and Conditioning to prevent that or even post-rehabilitate an existing injury, but sometimes things happen outside of the studio that land you in pain.
There are certain cases of injury so significant that movement is inadvisable, so you should always consult a doctor. But if it’s a particular body part that is injured, I’d like to inspire you to look at the injury as an opportunity.
Let me give you an example…
Several years ago I learned that I had developed severe Osteoarthritis in both knees that prevented me from doing many exercises I used to enjoy. Even walking was painful. I realized, though, that non-weight baring movements were ok.
And I got so much benefit out of doing a variety of different Reformer, Cadillac and Stability Chair exercises,not to mention Pilates Matwork. My core got stronger, I increased my flexibility and I developed more strength and stability around my knee joints.
I searched for the things I could do versus focusing on what I couldn’t do, and it made all the difference. I didn’t lose total faith in my ability to workout despite injury. I’d encourage you to do the same, just as a number of our clients have also done.
This is Donna’s Story…..
” I came to Ross Pilates with limited mobility and strength and I was desperate to find some form of exercise to help me out of my malaise. I was suffering from severe osteoarthritis in both knees and was on the waiting list for a double knee replacement. My physical limitations left me feeling far older than my age.
I loved what I found at Ross Pilates – the instructors were very knowledgeable and encouraging and after doing an assessment with Debbie, she convinced me that Ross Pilates could help me with my goals of increasing strength and mobility. I committed to 20 private sessions (2 times a week) and could not believe the changes that I noticed within a few weeks. Mentally and physically, I started to see the old me come alive, and I blossomed under the enthusiasm and expertise of the staff. I committed to continuing my sessions until my surgery date, as there was no doubt that my pre-surgery condition would contribute to a successful recovery.
Post-surgery, I returned to Ross Pilates as quickly as possible, because my health care professionals all credited my quick recovery to Pilates. Debbie’s reputation of working with injured and post-surgery clients had gained the respect of my physiotherapist. Here I am, one year later, and more in love with Ross Pilates than ever!
Both my body and my spirit have healed and I am now committed to attending one private session and one class each week. My private sessions are tailored to meet my own individual goals and my classes allow me to connect with a few other people in a fun and safe environment. I continue to learn about my body and am encouraged to challenge myself in a healthy and pain-free manner. All of the instructors are knowledgeable about how to modify exercises to adapt to any physical limitation and the classes are non-competitve. The workouts are never boring or predictable and my 55 minutes flies by far too quickly. We use a wide range of equipment and props and the instructors are amazing-they are all so skilled and approachable.
I recommend Ross Pilates to anyone who wants to feel good in their own body, regardless of any physical limitation they may have.” –
If you have a knee injury, what can you do with your upper body? If you have a shoulder issue, how can you train your heart or lower body?
In most cases, there’s something that can be done, so please, please don’t give up entirely!
We can help you if you’re in pain…
Being in pain can be a life-altering experience, and we want you to know that no matter where you are, we can help you through it.
Is this something you can relate to? If not, do you have a friend who might need some hope and guidance to get through an injury?
I’d love for you to comment and let me know, or forward this blog post to someone who it could help.