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Reduce And Ease Symptoms, Take Control Over Your Body With Our Pilates For Arthritis


When you have arthritis, exercise is advised, but you should opt for workouts with a lower impact and won't strain sore joints.

The NHS estimates that 10 million people in the UK have arthritis, which causes stiffness in one or more joints.


Osteoarthritis, or harm to the cartilage in a joint, is the most prevalent type of arthritis. Consider cartilage to be a type of shock absorber. Damage to the cartilage causes bone to grind against bone. This leads to the discomfort and limited movement associated with arthritis, which in turn causes several additional problems, including the inability to work or carry out daily tasks.


Pilates may be just what you're looking for if you've been suffering from arthritis-related symptoms and haven't found a way to relieve them.


La Dolce Studio offers various types of Pilates for people who have arthritis. We offer both one-on-one and virtual sessions and will work with you from the beginning of your session until you fully reap the benefits of Pilates.


Do not let pain rule your life.

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What Is Pilates?

The Pilates exercise system is named after its creator, Joseph Pilates. It focuses on the core postural muscles that maintain the body's equilibrium and a proper alignment of the spine. Pilates was created in the early 1900s to enhance the health of fellow World War I prisoners of war and Joseph Pilates too. The exercise experienced a resurgence in popularity in the 1980s among dancers and other people drawn to its therapeutic properties.


Pilates can be taught in a private or semi-private setting with specialized Pilates apparatus. There are also group Pilates courses that are conducted on mats without the use of equipment. The cost of a Pilates instructor's sessions can be comparable to that of a personal trainer. 


Although a group class will be less expensive, it might not offer the individualized coaching required, especially for someone with osteoarthritis-related issues that would require changes to the exercises while learning them.

What To Know When Starting Pilates

For people with arthritis who avoid exercise, because they believe they can't do it, Pilates is a great alternative. Pilates is gentle; it does not strain the ligaments and cartilage that surround the joints or your joints. 


Pilates is instead founded on these ideologies:


  • Movement and muscle control are perfected with mental concentration.

  • While exercising, it's important to be conscious of your spine's position.

  • Deep abdominal and back muscles that are trained support good posture.

  • To encourage mental concentration and centering, breathing exercises are practised.

  • The muscles get longer, stronger, and more flexible.

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How Will Pilates Promote Healthy Joints

The benefits of Pilates include enhanced body awareness, strengthened muscles, less pain, and correction of postural abnormalities. Pilates can also promote healthy joints and ease the symptoms of arthritis.


One of the main symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis is pain. Conventional therapeutic exercises are frequently advised as an arthritis treatment. But Pilates might be just as beneficial for symptom relief and function enhancement.


For instance, compared to traditional workouts, several studies indicated that Pilates was more successful at reducing pain and impairment. If your doctor has already recommended therapeutic exercises for you, it can be worthwhile to add Pilates to your regimen for added support.


Pilates might also help those with arthritis have better body awareness. Due to the deterioration of joint cartilage, osteoarthritis frequently affects body awareness or reflexes. This may impact your ability to feel the location and motion of a bodily part. However, studies have shown that consistent Pilates lessons can help people with knee osteoarthritis feel more flexible. 

Pilates is also helpful if you don't already have arthritis and are simply looking for remedies to prevent it. Practising Pilates can increase lower body muscle strength and postural stability. 


Pilates is a safe post-operative rehabilitation alternative following a complete hip or knee arthroplasty. Pilates can also be practised safely after joint replacement. Exercises must be altered based on the affected joint, and safety measures must be taken to prevent harm.

Pilates can help patients with rheumatoid arthritis enhance their quality of life and reduce pain levels. Another goal is to prevent cardiovascular problems, as persons with rheumatoid arthritis have elevated risk factors for cardiovascular illness. Numerous heart disease risk factors, such as body fat and blood pressure, can be decreased with regular Pilates practice.

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Pilates Exercises You Can Try

The 90 / 90

This workout is loved by all! 


  • We lift and support your legs with the trap table, springs, and straps so that you can unwind without being affected by gravity.


It enables the muscles around the hips, knees, and pelvis to relax, creating a sense of space and relieving pressure on osteoarthritis-affected joints. This can make it possible for people to move and use their muscles without experiencing discomfort, even if they have severe joint stiffness or pain.


This is a favourite among beginners. This is because it mimics how we squat or sit to stand; it is essentially a lying-down version!


To concentrate on other areas, we can adjust the resistance using the springs and the foot position. As a result, you can lessen the load on your knees and hips while working the muscles effectively and painlessly.


It moves cyclically through the hip, knee, and ankle, lubricating the joints as it does so. We can find the best position for pain-free movement to increase joint range by shifting the location of the feet.

Standing Knee Extension

This is an amazing exercise we employ in the studio, even though it isn't exactly a Pilates move. It promotes quadriceps contraction to fully straighten the knee during weight bearing. For standing, walking, and running normally, we require this. These sensations at the knee joint can be lessened when these muscles are strong.

Standing Leg Lift

This is an excellent weight-bearing challenge. If you have osteoarthritis, regulating your body weight and maintaining a proper standing position is essential to lowering the strain on the joint surfaces and easing symptoms.


This is a terrific workout to train your leg muscles to operate properly in this position and to build up your hip and knee muscles.


Please contact us if you have osteoarthritis, have questions, or want to schedule a session; we are happy to help!


Get Started With La Dolce Pilates

There are numerous health advantages to Pilates. Pilates techniques extend your body, which may lessen pain. Stretching improves blood flow and nutrient delivery to muscles and tendons. A better blood flow can also help to ease aches and stiffness. Subtle posture adjustments could also result in fewer aches and pains.


Every Pilates exercise begins, continues, and ends in the core (your abdomen). To fully profit from Pilates, you must first understand how to move from your core. Only then can you start Pilates exercises.


Since arthritis is a chronic medical condition, make sure your doctor has no issues with you starting a Pilates program. Once your doctor has given the go-ahead, You can visit La Dolce so that we can support you on your journey.

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  • Can osteopathy treat my recurring migraine?
    Various factors can cause migraines. Through osteopathy, we can identify the root cause of your migraine and resolve it. Osteopathy relieves muscular spasms and stress in the body by using hands-on therapy. It will facilitate the body's natural healing process to allow improved mobility and enhanced drainage of bodily fluids for your migraine to be gone for good.
  • How many sessions do I need to get treated?
    The number of sessions you need to get fully treated varies depending on your body’s condition. It can also vary depending on how cooperative you are in getting the treatment done right. In short, there is no general number of sessions that we can give for everyone since treatment of this kind must be customised to each client.
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