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I’m in PAIN when I do Pilates. What should I do?

Remember, Pain doesn’t always equal damage.

Pain is one way our body’s protective systems keep us safe. Danger detectors in the body send information to the brain, which may or may not create pain based on all the other information available, as well as previous experiences.

Danger detectors signal when tissue is approaching its saf

e limit, so most pain prevents tissue damage. When tissue is damaged, danger detectors become much more sensitive. Psychological and social factors, as well as past experiences, can powerfully influence pain by complex mechanisms in the brain.

How can I change my pain during pilates?

At Move Sports Physiotherapy & Pilates in Geelong, we recommend you book a 1:1 Physiotherapy Assessment to help you get to know your body and how it likes to move. Try these tips/cues to see if they work for you.


• Try changing your back position

• Tuck/or arch; see what feels best

• Or use a bolster under the small of your lower back


• Pillow under head Support neck with hands

• Keep your head down when crunching


• Cushion under your sore hip/ or at your waist

• Bend your bottom knee to support if you are side lying


• Shorten your lever - bend your leg/bend your arm

• Slow down, breathe

• This sounds bizarre but imagine success

• Exercise in front of a mirror -> changes the way your brain experiences your body.

Please also check out these sources or other Blog Posts about Pain and how it can be changed.

Check out These Sources:

• Understanding Pain What to do about it in less than five minutes:

• TEDxAdelaide—Lorimer Moseley: Why


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