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Pilates As Rehabilitation After Shoulder Surgery

By: Special Advertising Section

Have you recently undergone shoulder surgery for an impingement, tendonitis, labral tear, or other injury? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve lost muscle recruitment, or the order in which muscles are activated to perform a specific movement. During an injury, this order can be lost, causing the muscles to switch on in the wrong order.

Fortunately, Pilates can correct this problem — but it’s only part of the reason Pilates is recommended for rehabilitation after shoulder surgery. The system of Pilates is also highly effective in improving strength in the muscles that support the shoulder joint. Custom exercises and trained instruction from skilled Pilates instructors can help patients achieve full function of the affected joint.

Ron Jegadeesh, Pilates instructor, physical therapist, and owner of Pilates Fitness & Physical Therapy Center in Southfield, explains: “While a patient works through specific rehabilitative shoulder exercises, Pilates will also improve and maintain core stability in the pelvis, lower back, thoracic spine, and shoulder girdle.”

In addition, the Pilates principles of correct alignment, body awareness, lateral breathing, and neutral spine can be applied to any prescribed exercises, to improve the quality of the exercise themselves. It’s really the perfect rehabilitation system.

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