Many people suffer from knee pain at some point in their life. It can be very debilitating as the knee joint, ligaments and muscles play such a crucial role in the movement of the body – linking the upper and lower legs and enabling flexion and extension.
At Arran Knight Pilates, we will help you create stability in this area by building muscle around the knees. Exercises for both inner and outer quadriceps, can be done with or without weights to ensure anyone can safely perform knee exercises. So if you have an injury or problem area, we will work with you to create safe activities to both challenge and strengthen.
Time spent working on the hips and the feet will also have a significant impact on knee stability. Strong hip adductor muscles help your knees sit in better alignment and working with equipment like the Magic Circle, resistance bands or on the Reformer can create greater strength here.
Reformer footwork is essentially a squat movement executed on your back with resistance. This will actually help improve strength and alignment all the way from your hips through the knees to the feet.
A client’s footwork helps us to uncover any imbalances in the body enabling us to create a programme of exercises specific to your body’s needs. So, if you have disparities in foot/ankle/hip alignment that might be impacting your knee stability, we will identify this and work with you to correct it.
Reformer footwork is also a powerful tool for injury prevention and rehabilitation and exercises can be tailored to your needs with differing weights and resistance. Any feet-in-straps work will strengthen and stretch adducters while a ‘bridge’ position will strengthen glutes and help support the back of the knee – a real problem area for some.
And of course, our equipment – the reformer in particular – allows knee problems to be corrected without gravity exacerbating any postural imbalance or misalignment.
So if you are interested building knee strength, flexibility and correcting alignment drop us a line here or head to our studio and we can discuss where we may be able to assist.