Pilates : Preventing musculoskeletal diseases through motor control
Fujitani, Junzo Tokushima University Tokushima University Educator and Researcher Directory
Tomonari, Ken Tokushima University
Sairyo, Koichi Tokushima University Tokushima University Educator and Researcher Directory KAKEN Search Researchers
In recent years, exercise therapy using Pilates（= motor control）has been attracting attention. In the human skeleton, stability joints and mobility joints are arranged alternately（Joint by Joint Theory）. The aim of Pilates exercise therapy is to improve the stability of the cervical and lumbar spine, which tend to be over-mobile, and to improve the mobility of the thoracic spine and hip joints, which tend to be under-mobile, in order to achieve and maintain a neutral position（physiological kyphosis）of the spinal column. Dynamic and static control of the spine through Pilates, with an awareness of axial elongation（AE）and spine articulation（SA）, can be used to stabilize the affected area and increase the mobility of adjacent body parts. In addition, the use of specialized Pilates equipments can be introduced to rehabilitation at a relatively early stage because it can assist in multiple levels of movement. It can easily simplify and complicate posture ; thus, it can be expected to improve performance in a wide range of activities from daily life to sports.
Shikoku Acta Medica
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