Pilates Can Help Fix Your Hip Pain




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Published September 27, 2023

Pilates For Hip Pain

As one of the largest weight bearing joints in the body the hip joint is a wonder of engineering. It not only facilitates our everyday activities such as walking, sitting, and standing but also empowers us to move without pain or discomfort. Yet, while designed to withstand constant repetitive movement, it is not indestructible.

Like all parts of our bodies, hips are not immune to wear and tear. Moreover, conditions such as osteoarthritis can have debilitating and painful effects on the hip joint.

Understanding Hip Pain:

The hip joint, a key weight-bearing structure, is designed to endure the rigors of repetitive motion. Yet, it is vulnerable to the passage of time. 

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis in Australia with 1 in 13 Australians affected. This condition erodes the protective cartilage surrounding the hip joint, leading to persistent discomfort, restricted mobility, and a diminished quality of life.

It is important for those with osteoarthritis to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so as to minimise damage to cartilage around joints. Weight management is especially important, as excess weight can put up to three times as much pressure on our joints. This can cause severe problems if there is already a loss of protection around joints.

Comprehensive Hip Care:

For those grappling with osteoarthritis and those seeking to prevent hip pain, maintaining a holistic approach to hip health is of paramount importance. While weight management plays a role, it's equally crucial to consider factors such as joint-friendly exercises, posture improvement, and proper nutrition. These elements together contribute to the overall well-being of your hips.

Consequently, the ability to move effectively becomes even more important.

The Role of Pilates in Hip Pain Management:

Fortunately, Pilates presents a multifaceted approach to addressing hip pain. Its core principles of stability, mobility, and flexibility position it as a valuable tool for managing conditions like osteoarthritis. Fortunately, there are targeted options with Pilates for hip pain. Here's how Pilates can make a difference:

Enhancing Pelvic Posture:

Pilates strengthens core muscles, including those that support the pelvis. By bolstering pelvic posture, Pilates creates a strong and stable foundation for the pelvis and hips, effectively reducing strain and discomfort.

Tailored Programs for Individual Needs:

Clinical Pilates instructors are adept at crafting customised Pilates exercise programes that cater to the unique requirements of each individual.

These programes can be tailored and diversified through the use of specialised Pilates equipment.  This helps ensure that individuals can safely and effectively manage hip pain, where other less specialised and less gentle exercise programs may do more harm than good.

Getting Started with Pilates for Hip Pain Relief:

If you're grappling with hip pain or are at risk due to conditions like osteoarthritis, proactive steps are essential. Here's how you can embark on your journey toward hip pain relief with Pilates:

  • Private and Semi-Private Sessions: Pilates Can’s studio offers both private and semi-private sessions, allowing for a personalised approach to hip pain management.
  • Low Client-Instructor Ratios: In semi-private sessions, our Pilates Can studio typically maintains a low client-to-instructor ratio of 2-3 clients per instructor and a maximum of 4.  This ensures that experienced instructors have the time and capacity to focus on the individual needs of each client.
  • Tailored Exercise Program: During these sessions, your instructor will curate a tailored gentle Pilates exercise regimen exclusively for you and your condition. These regimens can be adapted and diversified as needed, guaranteeing that your hip pain is addressed comprehensively and safely.

Contact us today: 0419 777 477

Don't let hip pain hinder your quest for an active and pain-free life. Reach out today to start on your road toward improved hip health and overall well-being. Contact us on 0419 777 477 to schedule your initial Pilates Privates session, and take your first stride towards a more comfortable and active lifestyle.

  • Arthritis Australia - Osteoarthritis: https://arthritisaustralia.com.au/types-of-arthritis/osteoarthritis/
  • Musculoskeletal Australia - Osteoarthritis: https://www.msk.org.au/osteoarthritis/
  • Better Health Channel - Osteoarthritis: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/osteoarthritis

Contact us today to start improving your hips or call us on 0419 777 477.

About the author 

Claire Gunther is a PAA Principal Level Pilates Instructor with over 20 years and 20k+ hours of professional Pilates delivery experience.


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