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Krankcycle and BalanceMaster
can be used to improve mobility
and functional movement
BalanceMaster machine provides a series Philip Newton, from the Lilleshall work under load. The treatment of
of programmed exercises that involve Hall Sports Injury and Rehabilitation Achilles tendon ruptures and ligament
eversion, inversion, plantarfl exion and Centre, adds: “Many professional reconstruction is also greatly assisted.
dorsifl exion of the ankle joints, with footballers come to us after surgery on “The preordained way the
simultaneous rotation of the hips. The the ankle and need considerable work BalanceMaster moves is great for
machine is ideal for situations where to reduce the resulting stiffness. The helping those with ligament injuries, as
improvements in balance and functional BalanceMaster is appropriate because it helps them regain balance and ease
ability are required, as it provides a it allows stretching exercises while in stiffness in a way that’s much better
progressive system of training; it’s safe weight-bearing mode – something that’s than the traditional wobble board.”
for anyone to use, provided they’re able essential for the rapid rehabilitation Meanwhile Moira Merrithew, executive
to stand for short periods of time.” of the ankle, which is designed to director of education at STOTT PILATES,
says: “Pilates is a perfect modality for
rehabilitation from a sport-related
injury or any other kind of injury. Not
only is the focus on strengthening the
“ A
female patient aged 62 walking on a treadmill at 2km per deep supporting muscles of the area,
came to see me in March hour for fi ve minutes. Over four but complex movements that integrate
2005,” says Dr John Searle, weeks, this was gradually increased the injured body part into full-body
a qualified personal trainer at Body to 10 minutes. She used a Swiss ball functional and sport-specifi c movements
Active Devon. “She’d had rheumatoid from the outset, sitting on it and are also incorporated.
arthritis for 35 years and needed help putting her upper limb joints through “Muscular compensations are
with many daily living activities. On as wide a range as she could. She identifi ed, and then specifi c movement
assessment, there was wasting of the also used the ball to squat against the patterns are designed to strengthen the
muscles of the upper and lower limbs, wall, but only a very small range of mind-body connection. When a pilates
with restricted movement of all limb movement was possible. practitioner trains a client with a knee
joints. However, her goal was to live a “After four weeks, she was able to injury, for example, the body is seen
normal, active life. increase the speed on the treadmill and as a whole and the movement patterns
“Three things were necessary to walk for 15 minutes. She also began are designed to strengthen the support
achieve her goals: increased range of to use a cross-trainer. After about structures throughout.
movement in her limb joints, increased six weeks, she began to do resistance “The variety of exercises available,
aerobic fi tness, and improved muscle exercises, initially using machines. as well as the ability to modify these
strength. If these could be achieved, As she became confi dent and could movement patterns, allow the targeting
then her overall motor function – such move a light resistance, she moved of specifi c muscles or muscle groups.
as balance and co-ordination – would over to light dumbbells and resistance By changing the angle or strength of
also improve. She came to the gym bands. The resistance exercises were resistance, injuries can be precisely
three times a week, and I saw her once functional, using large muscle groups. addressed. Knees, hips, shoulders
a week for four weeks, once every two “The programme changed every and particularly the spine can be
weeks for eight weeks, once a month month and, by six months in, she was rehabilitated effectively on the Reformer,
for the next 18 months, and I now see also doing core work on the Swiss as well as using the Stability Chair and
her once every two to three months. ball. The intensity of her programme Cadillac Trapeze Table.”
“Her introductory programme for increased each month. After 12 months
the fi rst four weeks consisted of she was completely independent.” amanda baker
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