Many of us suffer from back pain and it can really hinder your everyday activities and working life.
Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength. This will help to improve your general fitness and overall well-being.
Similar to Yoga, Pilates concentrates on your posture, balance and flexibility. There is much less chance of doing an injury during Pilates than with other more strenuous forms of exercise.
Pilates can be modified to provide either a gentle strength training program or a challenging workout, most people would have no problem with this form of exercise whatever your capabilities are. Beginners can start with basic exercises and build up gradually once you have mastered the basic stretches.
Many interventions for the management of lower back pain exist, however most have modest efficacy at best, and there are few with clearly demonstrated benefits once pain becomes chronic. Therapeutic exercise, on the other hand, does appear to have significant benefits for managing patients with chronic lower back pain.
We at Home Physio Group offer Pilates as a form of physical therapy. Research has found that Pilates can be effective treatment for injuries and illnesses such as :
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Hip or knee replacements
Pilates is a mat based workout that teaches you how to use your core muscles to rebuild strength around the spine. You will learn how to control movement around a neutral spine position as well as building strength in the postural muscles. These exercises also teach you a good alignment and provide gentle stretches for tight back muscles. There are some specific spine mobilisation and stretches.
We at Home Physio Group has specialist trained physiotherapists in Pilates who can help you reach your goals.