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England sportsmen turn to Pilates power for postural rehabilitation

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

Two members of the England cricket team are among the increasing number of professional athletes turning to physiotherapists for instruction in pilates

Maintaining fitness is not just about vanity but is key to health and vitality. But what if injury prevents you from staying active?

Two members of the England cricket team are among the increasing number of professional athletes turning to physiotherapists for a well-known form of body conditioning to improve their strength and suppleness.

Chartered physiotherapist Julia Di Domenico has treated both players using Pilates - a gentle but effective way to promote freer movement, particularly among sufferers of low back pain, whiplash, repetitive strain injuries and post surgery rehabilitation.

As a qualified physiotherapist, Julia is already an expert in movement and understanding how muscles and joints work and feels Pilates is an excellent follow-up to physiotherapy, putting strength and balance back into the body.

Among Julia's clients who have benefited from the approach are England cricketers Mike Atherton and Andrew Flintoff. 'Sportsmen, such as cricketers and tennis players for example, are particularly prone to one-sided muscle imbalance and muscle stiffness as their training aims to build stamina and power for bowling, batting or serving.

'Pilates works by targeting the deep postural muscles, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. As well as improving posture, it increases strength and flexibility, relieves unwanted stress and tension and helps restore qualities which may have been lost due to pain, injury or poor posture'.

'As a result,' she adds, 'the body moves more freely and achieves core stability and the client is trained to breathe laterally (thoracic breathing) and to time the breathe with the movement.'

Julia qualified as a member of the Body Control Pilates Association after completing 80 hours of theory, a three-hour written exam and 50 hours of supervised practice.


Notes to editors:

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 38,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. Physiotherapy is Britain's fourth largest health profession after medicine, nursing and midwifery.
For more information, or to arrange an interview with Julia, contact the Communications department on 020 7306 6616/6628.


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