Pilates, MS, Neck Pain

Hi Lynda,

I am 46 y.o. woman with kyphosis and scoliosis for many years. Never have really done something about it. Recently I have been diagnosed with MS, mitral valve prolapse, carpal tunnel syndrome. I must also add that I have anemia since childhood and I am in menopause since 38 y.o. I had a pregnancy at my 35 and my daughter has been born when I was 36. The indication to send me to the doctor's were strong vertigo that completely threw me down. I do Pilates (BASI) for 6 months now and have seen a lot of improvement. However, sometimes during workout (when I try to maintain my position in abdominals and/or roll ups and leg stretch), I feel like my head is going to explode. What can I change to avoid that? It makes me stop the exercise and really don't want to start over.

Thanks in advance,


Dear Sophia,

Your story is so inspiring! Congratulations on finding Pilates and following an exercise path which will help you tremendously going forward.

Regarding your neck/head tension, it doesn't surprise me at all that head up positions hurt you with your history of kyphosis and MS. I suggest avoiding the position all together, using pillows or towels when needed, and work instead on stretching your chest and shoulders in extension.

Let me know if you have more questions.



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