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Can Pilates Help Low Back Pain?

Info Relinque - Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lower back pain is a very common complaint that affects around 80% of people at some point in their lives. It is one of the most common occupational health problems in our society and a leading contributor to missed days at work. The causes of low back pain are varied, and range from mild acute muscle strains, to severe chronic arthritic conditions.

Relinque Sports and Spinal Group Pilates studio in Ivanhoe has been providing effective and lasting relief for sufferers of lower back pain with pilates for Ivanhoe, Fairfield, Alphington, Heidelberg and surrounding suburbs since 1998. Pilates is one of the safest forms of exercise available, as it is low impact and performed under the instruction of qualified instructors

What Causes Back Pain?

The most common cause of low back pain stems from benign musculoskeletal strains and sprains. This category accounts for around 99% of all back injuries, and is one of the most common presentations the pilates instructors see at our studio in Ivanhoe.

Strain and sprain injuries in the back generally occur because of poor posture, overuse, or trauma. They can lead to slight stretching of the muscles, tendons or ligaments in your back and often results in microscopic tears of varying degrees in these tissues. 

Musculoskeletal strains and sprains in the lower back lead to muscle spasm, and painful myofascial trigger points in the lower back and hip muscles. The muscle spasm that occurs in these muscles of the back and hips can also cause compression and restriction in the joints between them. 

What this means for you is soreness in the lower back and hips, which can sometimes refer into the legs. You may also experience pain and restriction with bending movements in either direction. 

How Does Pilates Relieve Back Pain?

 Poor posture is becoming increasingly common in today's society.  People are spending more time sitting at desks than they ever have before, and less time moving and exercising.  This causes imbalances in the muscles throughout your body and leads to poor posture.  The main focus of Pilates is to:

1) Increase your core strength.

2)Increase flexibility in your spine and rib cage

3) Improve your posture.

By increasing the strength in your core, and the flexibility in your spine with pilates exercises, your body is able to return to a more balanced resting state. The aim of pilates is to strengthens the weak muscles, and loosen the tight ones. As your posture improves, pressure is taken away from your stressed and overworked back muscles, and placed onto your strong postural core muscles. This is the way your body was designed to work, this is the way to return your body back to balance. 

If you have any questions about low back pain, or Pilates, please talk to one of the instructors at Relinque Sports & Spinal Group pilates studio in Ivanhoe.

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