So you hurt your knee. That can be a major buzzkill, especially if you are someone who is used to being active.
But don’t worry, there is still something you can do: Pilates.
Pilates is one of the rare workouts you can do that won’t further your injuries, and may even help you to recover quicker.
So if you’re suffering from a knee injury and feeling hopeless, read on to find out how Pilates can help.
1. Muscle isolation
One of the great things about Pilates is that it works to isolate muscle groups in order to build more strength and awareness. This means that if you’re suffering from a knee injury, you can avoid putting too much pressure on that knee, and instead find a different way to do the poses in class.
However, with the help of your instructor (in a private session first), you’ll be able to put just the right amount of pressure on your knee to help it strengthen, and get it back into shape in a safe way. Slowly but surely, you’ll be able to use your injured knee more and more in your Pilates class and see some great results for recovery.
Being able to use a reformer machine provides a whole different approach to working out that allows you to bring gravity into the equation where it will be your friend. The machine helps you to work out your injured knee in different positions and different planes against gravity, which is a low-impact way to improve your muscle strength.
Pilates is also unique and great for injuries because you have the ability to change your spring load and slowly add on more weight as your knee regains strength. Just be sure to work with your instructor on doing this the right way, as you don’t want to do more damage to your knee in the process. The springs are able to be used for both an assistive and a resistive approach to the movements, so you get a lot of mileage out of using them.
If you have a knee injury, don’t assume you’re stuck sitting on the couch until things recover. Instead, head to a Pilates class to get your knee working in a safe way that will allow you to still be active, and will also help you recover from your injury in a quicker and healthy way.