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Pilates and Stretches – The Latest Advancement in Pain Management

People have come a long way over the last century in relation to pain management. There are a number of procedures, medications, and treatments available to help people who are in chronic pain. Some things work, and certain procedures and therapies only make matters worse. One of the biggest mistakes that have been made over the last few decades is the frequent recommendation to use pain killers. Doctors all over the world are writing prescriptions for drugs like methadone, Vicodin, and hydrocodone way too much and it is causing some very obvious problems.

The type of problems that are being caused are the same one’s that are causing the pharmaceutical industry to reconsider what types of drugs they want to distribute out into the market. Too many people are dying from accidental overdose from the same type of painkillers as those listed above. These drugs are also very addictive, so it is a very risky thing to prescribe them to just anyone. Most people who become addicted to painkillers usually take their first pill via written prescription. However, none of this is cause for worry because there are much better ways to treat, prevent, and cure the source of your pain.

The latest advancement in pain management comes from something that has been around for over a century – Pilates. Over the years, people have studied the effects of Pilates on the body and have found that strengthening the body from the inside out is the best way to relieve pain. The strengthening and stretching routine starts by working the core of the body. The abdominal, buttock, hip, and lower back muscles are involved in every exercise. People who experience pain in other areas of their body besides their back can also find relief by doing Pilates because all pain starts at the core of the body.

The reason why it begins in this area is because when the spine is misaligned, all parts suffer and become out of balance. Everything in the body is connected to the back. The legs, arms, head, neck, fingers, knees, etc. All spur out from the spine. Let’s say that you have a misalignment in your lower back. The nearest area to be affected would be the hips and obviously, the lower back. That pain will eventually cause tightening and stiffness in the legs. That same misalignment may cause pulling and tearing of the muscles up and down along the spine and put pressure on another part of the body in an attempt to balance everything out. This type of activity would create a knot – which could be felt in the neck or shoulder area. Headaches may be the result. A sore lower back first thing in the morning could also be the result. Muscle spasms and shooting, aching pains are nothing out of the norm when the back is being affected.

A healthy spine can be easily obtained by performing Pilates, and actually a whole lot easier than by means of a chiropractor – which can be very damaging. People who do Pilates use their own body weight to perform the movements. Stretches are done to ensure that no harm or injury is done to the body. The exercises and movements are very simple, so everyone ranging from younger to older can do these movements, no matter what type of pain they may be experiencing. Once one pressure point is released, the muscles around it will begin to relax. Stress and knots will leave the body and everything will return back to it’s natural state and alignment.

So basically, it all comes down this one simple thing: All of the procedures, therapies, and medication in the world can not heal you. If you want real healing, you have to get to the source of the problem. Real healing and prevention starts with you. If you have the motivation to get better and yearn to live a life without pain, you will do whatever it takes. Now that you know what you can do to get rid of your pain, it is up to you whether or not you really want to make it happen.

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