When you are injured, you may feel like you don’t have a lot of options in terms of exercise. It can be extremely frustrating to work out and then be in more pain than you were in before. It’s really easy to fall out of shape.
When injuries have healed and you are ready to get back into shape, you may find that exercise makes you feel pain again in the affected area.
Fortunately, there's Pilates. Pilates was actually created as a technique for the rehabilitation of injuries. Although Pilates has become very popular in recent years, it is in fact nearly a 100-year-old system.
Pilates, originally called "Contrology," was developed by Joseph Pilates. His exercises helped rehabilitate injured, bedridden soldiers returning from WWI in England. When Pilates moved to New York, dancers were drawn to his method because the precise exercises strengthened their bodies and improved their technique, while protecting them from injury (a common plight of dancers).
Not every instructor who teaches Pilates is equipped to teach people with injuries. Ask your teacher if they are trained to teach Pilates to special populations, including pregnant women, senior citizens, people with injuries and the disabled.
Pilates was actually created as a technique for the rehabilitation of injuries.