If you suffer from back pain, you’re not alone – in fact, it’s estimated that 70% to 90% of people will experience lower back pain at some point in their life. When you’re struggling with back pain, it’s understandable that you may be avoiding exercise so you don’t exacerbate the pain. However, there are some forms of exercise which are very effective in improving and preventing back pain. If you’re looking to get back into exercise to help with your back pain, Pilates is a great choice. Let’s take a look at the important role Pilates can play in helping with your back pain.
Strengthens the core muscles:
Core strength isn’t just about developing a six pack – strengthening the core muscles will help support the spine and stabilise your trunk. Pilates has a strong focus on working the deeper layers of the core and you’ll not only work these muscles during your class but also learn how to engage your core throughout the day. This can make a big difference to back pain sufferers.
Helps improve posture:
One of the main causes of back pain is when your body is out of alignment and there is an imbalance with your postural muscles. If you struggle to maintain correct posture, this can lead to unnecessary stress on the spine. Pilates works on strengthening all of the muscles of the body to help correct imbalances and improve posture.
Focus on flexibility:
A lot of people don’t realise that a lack of flexibility in the lower body, such as the glutes and hamstrings, can have a serious impact on your back. Pilates not only works to strengthen all of the muscles of the body but also improves your flexibility. As your flexibility improves, often the strain on your back can be alleviated.
Exercises can be modified:
One of the best things about Pilates is that exercises can be modified for individuals who suffer from back pain. Your instructor will ensure that you’re carrying out each exercise safety and with the correct technique. You may also want to consider clinical Pilates in the first instance for an individualised program to address your specific back issues.
Speak with your doctor:
Before you begin Pilates, it’s best to speak to your doctor to get the all clear before starting. They’ll be able to confirm whether Pilates is the best form of exercise for you so you can be confident that you won’t be making your back pain worse. Once you’ve spoken with your doctor, make sure you let your instructor know about your back issues.
At Kaya Health Clubs, we offer genuine reformer Pilates classes so you can experience all of the benefits of regular Pilates practice at our state-of-the-art facilities. Our passionate instructors are highly qualified and will offer support and guidance throughout each class. If you’re new to Pilates, Kaya also offer a complementary Pilates introduction course to our members.
To book in for your next Pilates reformer class, contact Kaya Health Clubs today on (03) 9090 1000. We have convenient locations in the Melbourne CBD and Prahran.