Case Study: Pilates for Foot & Hand Pain
. Lori Coleman-Brown
Lori’s student Julie, began Pilates with pain in her feet and hands that made working on the reformer difficult—the pain was so extreme, Julie was afraid to remove her shoes or lean on her hands. Using Pilates exercises done with a gentle range of motion, Lori was able to teach Julie to move without overstressing the joints that troubled her, and then to begin to lengthen out the areas of pain and finally, strengthen the parts that needed it. Lori begins the session by going through the exercises and finishes by detailing the foot and hand positions on the Reformer that Julie is now able to do pain free. The good news is that Julie is now able to practice her Reformer workout barefoot, lean on her arms, and walk as far as she likes without fear of being crippled with pain later. PROPS: Lori uses a Gratz Toe Corrector (if you don’t have one, substitute a rubberband from the grocery store produce section—the thick ones that hold broccoli together), a hair band that would hold a ponytail, and a squishy ball. Visit Lori at Atlas Pilates in Seattle, Washington where this class was filmed.