I spend at least 50% of my day treating injuries caused by running! Most of these injuries could have been avoided if my clients had adequate control of their pelvis and lower limbs so they could run with good technique.
I know some patients find Physio exercises to be super boring and hard to keep up with once your pain settles down, which is why I suggest my patients join Pilates… or more specifically ‘Pilates for Runners!’
Pilates for Runners classes involves functional strengthening of the butt, abs and thighs in running specific positions. This means we do plenty of single legwork to practice stabilising the pelvis for running.
I find my patients really enjoy the classes and even once they are pain free and have improved their running form they stay on for maintenance as they find it reduces their incidence of injuries.
If you don’t have a specialised ‘Pilates for Runners’ class in your area – a general Pilates class is a great start! I would struggle to think of a client who wouldn’t benefit from having a bit more Pilates in their life!