The real benefits of doing Pilates go way beyond the holy grail of six-pack abs. For people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), strengthening abdominal muscles can take pressure off painful joints and help maintain mobility. Individuals with RA need to stay active, and Pilates can provide many benefits, like better postural balance, spine stability, flexibility, strength, better breathing, and movement control. This low-impact technique is designed to improve posture through a series of small, targeted movements.
The strength and flexibility you gain from Pilates will help you handle RA episodes better and can lessen the risk of loss of mobility. By gently exercising the surrounding muscles you help to regain alignment so that muscles work properly and you get range of motion back.
Thinking about taking a class? Dr. Leigh Roberts is a Physical Therapist and also a certified Pilates instructor. She teaches a class Monday evenings at 6:45-7:45 pm at the Amherst House. The new session begins September, 11th. Call L A R Physical Therapy 410.381.1574 for more information. Or call the Amherst House at 410.381.9600 to register; space is limited, so contact the Amherst House to reserve your spot.