I hear complaints about lower back pain all the time from friends, family and my students. I always have a simple, one-word answer for them: Pilates.
Let’s talk about it.
Common Reasons For Lower Back Pain
First, it’s important to identify why you are experiencing frequent lower back pain. Here are some of potential (and incredibly common) culprits:
Pilates For Lower Back Pain
The philosophy of Pilates is focused on training and conditioning the entire body. It teaches us to move from our center as well as how to breathe properly to engage and strengthen our core, which leads to better posture and awareness.
The Pilates method, known for rehabilitating injuries, is recognized by orthopedic doctors and physical therapists around the world.
In fact, Pilates can sometimes be more effective than other physical treatments because the practice works your entire body while retraining proper functional movements. However, it’s important to note that if you’ve had surgery or a major injury, physical therapy is always the first step towards rehabilitation. Pilates can begin once your doctor has authorized it as a continuation of your therapy.
Here are some of the many restorative benefits of Pilates:
When we talk about core strength in Pilates, we often use the word “Powerhouse,” which includes more than just abdominal muscles. Your “Powerhouse” encompasses your abdominal muscles, as well as your lower back muscles, pelvic floor, the muscles around your hips and your glutes.
All of these muscles work together to form a supportive corset for your trunk; they stabilize the body.
Read more about the Pilates “Powerhouse” here.
The Transverses Abdominals, specifically—one of the many “Powerhouse” muscles—is a deep abdominal muscle that directly supports your lumbar spine (lower back area).
People who experience chronic lower back pain often have weak Transverses Abdominals. This means they have a lack of support and stability of the spine when completing everyday tasks like sitting, standing, lifting or carrying things.
Consistent Pilates exercises improve the strength, flexibility and suppleness of all of these important muscles and, over time, help to alleviate and prevent lower back pain.
Get Started With Pilates
If you’re experiencing chronic lower back pain, you would benefit most from several one-on-one sessions with a highly qualified Pilates instructor.
Pilates is all about technique. Jumping right in—and moving too fast without proper form—can lead to more injury.
(Please note, it’s always important to consult your doctor before trying a new workout.)
If you’re ready to get started with Pilates, take advantage of our exclusive new student special: 3 private sessions for $225.
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Fitness has always been a guiding force for Kathy Lopez, owner of Studio Be. Her inherent drive for health has naturally translated into helping others achieve strength, balance and wellness. Kathy has been voted Ventura's best Pilates instructor nine years in a row. Learn more...