Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series dealing with Lindy’s use of mindful movement to prepare herself for hip replacement surgery. Lindy will also be blogging about her post-rehabilitation experiences.
When one joint stops moving optimally, all systems are affected. The body becomes a bit like a dysfunctional committee, with some parts doing all the work, and getting frustrated and exhausted, while others go on vacation and don’t do much at all! This is what we call an imbalance, and is what leads to poor surgical outcomes if not addressed, because the pre-op patterns persist even after the pain is resolved.
The beauty of combining Pilates and CoreAlign® for Pre-hab is that even though there may be pain and loss of mobility, there are unlimited options to support the body and train optimal patterns of movement so the inner unit and dynamic slings remains active while keeping whole-body and compensatory patterns at a minimum.
My personal routine has included daily mat fundamentals such as pelvic clock, marching, opposite arm/leg reach, mini swan, bananas, and bridging. The goal when performing these important fundamentals is to stay deeply connected to the “operating systems”, including how my breath, fascia and nervous system are managing each movement before it begins.
In terms of apparatus, I’m using the Reformer, Trap table, chair and barrels for balanced, supported exercises in all planes, with an emphasis on thoracic mobility and lumbar stability with minimal recruitment of the rectus femoris, TFL and thoraco-lumbar paraspinals—this is hugely challenging!
The CoreAlign® provides an ideal environment to work on balance and coordination in standing, and my teacher, Carrie Lamb, a Balanced Body CAMI, has been wildly creative in developing exercises that both challenge and inform my body-mind. The CoreAlign® will be a mainstay of my post-op recovery.
Other crucial components on my list are nutrition, energetic support and meditation.
If you are working with someone who is planning joint replacement surgery, consider that, as one of my mentors once told me, “The time to look at the map is before you go into the woods!”
In waiting till after surgery to address optimal movement restoration, you are missing a huge opportunity. A good Pre-hab approach using your mindful movement resources will go a long way to insure not only a successful outcome, but a magnificent one.
My surgery is today. Stay tuned for more details about my post-operative rituals!