St. Louis Park Chiropractor Best Practices
The Health Benefits of
Pilates and Yoga
A randomized control trial by
Lim, E. J., & Park, J. E. (2019). The effects of Pilates and yoga participant’s on engagement in functional movement and individual health level. Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation, 15(4), 553–559. https://doi.org/10.12965/jer.1938280.140
Research Reviewed by Dr. Erik Waldeland
Summarized review of conclusion:
This study examined the effects that Pilates and yoga had on the ability to perform functional movements as well as an assessment of general individual health levels. The researchers concluded that the Pilates group was more effective for improving functional movement and individual health level to assess quality of life than yoga group and control group. This excites me as a practitioner to build relationships with Pilates studios in the Twin Cities area to give our patients a resource to supplement their regular chiropractic care to be as healthy as possible. Pilates focuses on very guided, controlled movements which cold be very beneficial for individuals of all skill levels.
Below I have referenced key quotes from this research to help summarize the results.
Quotes from the Article:
“There was no difference between yoga and control groups. Therefore, it can be seen that Pilates is the most effective exercise method tested for improving role limitation due to emotional problems, general health, and total.”
“We found through our study by examining healthy adults without any disease or any physical limitation that Pilates group showed the greatest improvements in functional movement and individual health level through SF-36 scores than yoga and control groups.”
“It could serve as a cost-effective way to promote overall health amongst the general public and thus reduce medical expenses.”
Introduction to the Research
This study was conducted to investigate the effect of Pilates and yoga on the ability to perform functional movements and overall individual health levels. Research continually proves that regular exercise is crucial for a solid foundation of health and well-being. This research is also very relevant for us as practitioners as we make recommendations for various forms of exercise based on our patients’ goals and skill levels.
A total of 90 volunteer participants were recruited for this study and randomly and evenly divided into three groups: Pilates, yoga, and a control group. They did fulfill SF-36 survey and measured FMS by FMS certified instructor before the experiment. The SF-36 takes within 10–15 min and FMS was measured with 7 movements within 5 to 10 min individually. The study implemented two independent exercise programs, Pilates and yoga. The Pilates group and yoga groups worked with trained instructors, with sessions of 1-hr duration 3 times per week for eight weeks at each location. The Pilates program contained core strengthening, lumbopelvic stability and flexibility exercises. These exercises were derived from the first author who was already certified international Pilates license, Balanced Body Pilates master instructor from the United States. The yoga program consisted of stretching, flexibility and strengthening exercises.
In conclusion, the research found by examining healthy adults without any disease or any physical limitation that Pilates group showed the greatest improvements in functional movement and individual health level through SF-36 scores than yoga and control groups.
As always with these reviews, these are my takeaways from the article and I encourage you to read the article in its entirety. The references used in this article by the authors of this article are listed here.
When you are looking for a Chiropractor near you that you can trust, choose one who will not only get rid of your back pain, neck pain, or headaches but who will also guide you to living a healthier lifestyle to keep you out of pain. Our Chiropractors located in St. Louis Park, near the corner of MN-100 S & Lake Rd./Westside Dr., will teach you what the research says about how and why we should eat a better diet, move more and have more positive thoughts. By improving these areas of our lives we can become healthier, stay out of pain and reduce risk of diabetes and other diseases!