I had two emergency operations for herniated cervical (neck) discs that caused pressure on my spinal cord and weakness in my arms (1st operation) and legs (2nd operation).
During a prolonged recovery, I attended physical therapy sessions. My therapist told me that Pilates could be help me for at least 2 reasons:
- Increased flexibility in the rest of my my body, since part of my neck vertebrae had been fused and couldn’t move so much
- Increased core muscle strength might help improve my posture and relieve neck tension as well.
I do Pilates maybe two or three times a month; more would probably be better. It’s a nice accompaniment to aerobic exercise and traditional strength training.