As the new year begins many of us are thinking about new fitness regimes.  Did you know that Pilates can actually help improve your back condition and help relieve pain!  To better understand this we first need to know what Pilates is and how it works!

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. A typical workout tends to be 45 minutes to an hour long.  The moves tend to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength, although the exercises work other areas of your body as well, to improve general fitness and wellbeing.

Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected. His method was influenced by Western forms of exercise, including gymnastics, boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling. He immigrated to the US in the 1920’s and opened a studio in New York, where he taught his method, which he called “contrology” – for several decades.

How is it good for your back?

Over the last fifteen years, a lot of research has been published that recommends Pilates as an effective form of treatment for injury rehabilitation.

One study (Natour et. al, 2015) concluded that this method was effective in reducing pain and improving function and quality of life in patients with chronic non-specific low back pain. Another study (Oliveira et. al 2016) found that it was also effective for improving muscle resistance and strength, flexibility, postural balance and pain in patients with traumatic spondylolisthesis at L4-L5.

It helps to stretch the spine, hip flexors and hamstrings, all of which are beneficial to people with stiffness in their backs.

These research studies, along with others provide evidence that it can be effective in injury rehabilitation. Although, it must be said there isn’t a massive amount of research on this method specifically for injury rehabilitation.

However it is a good way to improve balance, flexibility, and strength, and plays a big part in aligning the body. Many people have combined Pilates and chiropractic care for a positive outcome.  People with scoliosis, disc herniations, osteoarthritis, strains or sprains and many other chronic conditions have experienced pain relief and improved health with weak and injured areas being stabilized and strengthened for effective relief and a stronger body.

It is so effective because it addresses the underlying structural imbalances in the body that lead to back pain.

As with all new exercises routines, speak to your Chiropractor and they will decide if Pilates will be beneficial to your back condition.

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