Back pain can be extremely debilitating and it is one of the biggest causes of time off work in the UK. Back problems can afflict people of all ages. In some cases, back problems are due to an injury, but in many cases, it is down to simple wear and tear of the disks due to the natural aging process. If you are a sufferer of back pain, finding a way to help prevent the torturous symptoms as well as rehabilitate an existing injury is very important, but apart from physiotherapy, can Pilates help your back problems?
Can Pilates help my back pain?
When you have suffered from back pain for a long time, you might assume that it is very little you can do other than keep taking pain medication and waiting for the episode to pass. But it is important to try exercise as a way of strengthening the supporting muscles that help you maintain a correct posture. Not only will this ease your discomfort, it will also prevent future occurrences of back pain caused by poor posture.
How will Pilates help my back problems?
Pilates is a great form of preventive exercise for back pain. Pilates specifically targets the core muscles that support correct posture. These include the abdominals, lower back, hip and buttock muscles. When your core muscles are weak, your directory is not supported and you are far more likely to slip forward into the habitually poor posture. Not only does this look unattractive, it can also lead to back discomfort.
Strong and effective core muscles are essential for stabilizing all parts of the body when sitting, walking, and running. Pilates exercise works all parts of the body, not just the core muscles, but it is particularly effective on the core muscle group such as the abdominals, buttocks, hips, and lower back muscles. Several Pilates exercise machines are also designed to lengthen the spine, and since back problems are often caused by compression of the spinal discs, this can significantly help to ease chronic back pain.
Is Pilates suitable for everyone?
Pilates exercise is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. It is a very low impact type of exercise and can be practiced by anyone from 8 to 80. This makes Pilates particularly suitable for those who have joint problems or other health issues. Anyone can embark on a Pilates exercise program and no matter how unfit you are Pilates exercise can be modified to suit your abilities.
How do I begin Pilates Classes?
Pilates is one of the most popular types of exercise class in the world and Pilates Classes are very widely available. Most gyms and leisure centers run Pilates Classes as part of their group fitness timetables, but the classes do tend to be very popular so you might need to book in advance. An alternative is to look for a Pilates Center in your local area, or even book a personal Pilates trainer for 1: 1 exercise programs.
Pilates is a great form of exercise, so if back pain is making you miserable, do not suffer any longer: try Pilates as a rehabilitative form of exercise.