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.

Click here for 5 basic Pilates exercises.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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