Pilates for Back Pain and Core Strength
80% of Americans suffer from some form of “Back Pain”, a catch-all term that describes a variety of ailments, ranging from muscular soreness and spasms to debilitating, chronic issues, including damaged discs, degenerative nerve disorders and joint dysfunction. As a result, many methods have been developed to combat back pain, often touting conflicting philosophies and techniques.
One of the safest, most dependable practices to improve back function and increase core strength is Pilates. One of the fastest growing exercise trends in the world, Pilates is named after its founder, Joseph Pilates, a former gymnast who developed the exercises as a method for training injured dancers.
Performed on a mat, or on specialized equipment called a Reformer, Tower or Chair, Pilates exercises are similar to Yoga in that they emphasize the “core muscles”, specifically the abdominals, obliques, lower back, thighs and the butt.
The moves are designed to engage multiple body parts simultaneously, often strengthening one muscle group while stretching another. As a result, Pilates requires concentration, discipline and coordination and is an excellent way to add functional strength, increase flexibility and build overall muscular endurance.
As with all exercise, consult your physician or physical therapist before beginning a new program. Our physical therapists at Integrative Spine & Sports utilize pilates as part of their treatment regimens. Knowing what injury you have, they can choose specific pilates exercises that will be safe for you and prevent further damage as you continue to exercise.