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Tuesday, December 6 • 9:00am - 9:20am
The Aging Spine: Classical Pilates as an Intervention Method

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Chronic neck, shoulder and back pain are one of the most commonly encountered complaints in the medical field. This chronic pain stems from a plethora of physiological, environmental and external factors. Some of these variables are preventable, such as obesity or poor posture, however, some are inevitable, such as age and birth abnormalities. In my research, I will look at three specific groups, young adults, women during childbearing years, and geriatrics. I will be examining the most common risk factors associated with back and neck pain, within these specific populations. Some examples include, technology or “tech neck”, weight gain during pregnancy, and osteoporosis. As we age and cross many different milestones, our spine ages and crosses milestones along with us. It is important to find a convenient and successful modality, which is easy to incorporate into our daily lives, in order to allow ourselves to age healthy and gracefully, from the inside out. I am proposing a classical Pilates exercise routine, as an intervention method for all three specific populations. Classical Pilates can be conducive to any age, body type, or physical ability. Pilates as a lifestyle choice not only promotes healthy aging of the spine, but is also an effective treatment for all chronic back and neck pain.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 9:00am - 9:20am PST
034 Karpen Hall

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