Pain being a pain: Freedom Health Pilates

Have you ever suffered an injury or pain that felt like it was never going to get better? Do you remember feeling how hard life became? It wasn’t just the pain. it was the energy it took to move, the loss of self-esteem and the sense of sadness that you could no longer do what you love.

PHOTO: Ross Grieve


For the one in six New Zealanders that suffer “persistent pain”, this is their daily reality.

The pain may have started from a back injury or be secondary to “wear and tear” in joints. Or perhaps it is due to a condition such as fibromyalgia. Whatever the cause, the experience is similar. Movement, and therefore life, becomes more difficult.

Managing daily pain can be a challenge, but we now know a lot more about what helps.

“The one consistent finding in all the research is that movement is essential”, says Cath Julius, Clinical Director at Freedom Health.

“Not only does movement help keep joints mobile and muscles strong, but movement also gives us a sense of freedom and confidence in our bodies that no prescription pill will ever provide.”

“That’s where a qualified therapist is essential,” says Cath.

“Physiotherapists are experts in both injury and movement. They can help you discover movement that is supportive and helpful for your body. Using equipment such as the Pilates equipment to give your body the support it requires so that it can move with freedom can be revolutionary for people with pain.”

Do you want to add more movement in your life, but need some support? Call Freedom Health and rediscover the life changing benefits of positive movement.


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