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April 28, 2022

Pilates for Back Pain

Back Pain

Back pain comes in many types, and one size doesn’t fit all regarding the intensity, frequency, and location of pain. It can happen anywhere along the spine or in the nearby muscles.

Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Sedentary lifestyles, poor posture, and lack of movement can cause lower back pain. Heavy twisting, lifting heavy objects, injuries, accidents, and falls can be other common causes. Here are some more:

  • Muscle injury and strains

  • Herniated discs

  • Compressed or pinched nerves

  • Osteoporosis

  • Tumours

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Vertebral fractures

When back pain affects the spine, you should take it as a warning sign of damage. If left untreated, this can cause permanent nerve or spine damage. It’s best to seek immediate medical care from a back pain specialist when you experience this.

Types of Back Pain

Lower back pain can be acute or chronic. In acute situations, the pain occurs suddenly and is temporary. The pain is regular over an extended time in chronic cases, sometimes unpredictably. Chronic pain can make daily living activities challenging to perform.

The common types of back pain are:

  • Thoracic back pain occurs around the rib section and is, therefore, upper back pain. This pain could be due to a severe underlying condition. Symptoms include nerve pain, morning joint stiffness, fever, chills, uncontrollable weight loss, and a tingling sensation in the legs.

  • Middle back pain is almost similar to thoracic back pain. It occurs above the lumbar but below the rib cage.

  • Lumbar back pain occurs in the lower section of your back and can be caused by a range of conditions due to improper lifting, poor posture, lack of movement etc. 

The symptoms may be vague and hard to diagnose but include chills and fever, dizziness, and weight loss. These signify an underlying problem. The risk increases with weight gain, pregnancy, smoking, stress and anxiety, and lack of physical activity.

How Pilates Relieves Back Pain

Pilates is a combination of various excellent exercises that improve strength and flexibility. It’s an effective strategy for reducing the impact of back injuries and pain. Pilates exercises aim at stabilising the core muscles to enhance muscle strength, tone, flexibility, and endurance.

The Core

The core is the powerhouse that includes the abdominals, lower back, hips, and glutes or buttocks. It forms the foundation of all movements, since the shoulders, legs, and arms extend from the core.

Pilates works on the body as a whole, rather than aiming at a group of muscles in isolation. When done the right way and with the guidance of a professional, the exercises promote stability, balance, and strength. These benefits make it a good option for lower back pain.

Benefits of Pilates

When the core undergoes proper training, and the muscles are working in coordination, the core transforms into a strong cylinder for the whole body to operate efficiently. Continually working the muscles keeps the spine supported, prevents further injuries, and:

  • Improves posture and movement without causing unnecessary pain and harm to the body

  • Protects the back from future lower back pain

  • Improves the tone of the musculature

  • Improves the spinal stabiliser strength to take pressure off the lower back

  • Works out the entire body

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Professionally Guided Pilates for Back Pain

If you experience back pain that preoccupies you, making it hard for you to live life normally, it’s time to see a spine specialist. They may recommend Pilates exercises to improve the conditions, but remember to enlist the guidance of a professional in these exercises.

At Village Pilates, we take a contemporary approach to Pilates. We focus on the effectiveness of Pilates to bring a sense of balance, empowerment, and harmony to your daily life. Our outlook on a fit body and healthy mind ensures a fulfilling physical and mental health journey.

Do you struggle with lower back pain and long for some relief? Don’t hesitate to contact us and find out what the rage is all about and how Pilates can help!

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