Can Pilates help with my arthritis?

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Pilates can offer fantastic relief for arthritis. It is a good idea to check with your doctor regarding your specific condition, but generally, movement is a good thing when it comes to dealing with arthritis.

Getting Started

With clearance from your doctor, find a qualified teacher in your area, and take private lessons. A private instructor can design a workout specific to you and your body. If you don't have access to private instruction, visit our Beginner Center, and take some Basics classes. When you feel ready, move on to a Level 1 Class. It is important to start at the beginning, and be patient with yourself while you learn.

Modifications

You may find that you need to modify some of the exercises. For example, if you have arthritis in your knees, and the class includes deep flexing of the knee (like sitting on your heels to rest), consider resting in a different position or have a towel nearby so you have something soft to kneel on. Teachers typically offer alternatives during the class. If you have any questions email us or ask your questions in the class forums.

Warm Up

Take a walk or enjoy a hot bath just before class to facilitate your movement as well as minimize pain.

Listen to your body

Do not push through pain. You can expect discomfort initially. However, if the discomfort does not subside or if you feel worse, stop the exercise, and consult with your doctor.

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