July 2023

Pilates for Back Care

Pilates has become well known as a type of exercise helpful for people suffering with back problems, often a ‘go to’ recommendation of doctors, physio’s, osteopaths and other health care professionals, to complement their own treatment plans – yet not all Pilates classes are made equal!

There are many levels to Pilates, think of it as having multiple-layers in terms of technique and application, which is then added to as you progress with your practice. If the wrong level is attempted without proper preparation, there can be a negative effect, especially when dealing with existing back issues.
There are also many ‘Pilates based’ exercises that aren’t necessarily designed for managing back problems, they are for the generally fit & well, and the last thing you want is to go to a class thinking it will be doing you some good, when infact it could be detrimental.
This is when you need to be considering the ‘type’ of Pilates you intend to practice?!

A class that is dedicated to managing problems associated with the back is most appropriate, certainly initially. Once you are on top of the back issue or feel recovered from injury, you may wish to move on to more challenging movement, yet until then seek out gentle, aligning movement which gradually strengthens the core, building a protective layer of muscle around the spine and lengthening out muscle fibres & vertebrae which have become compressed over time. The practice is better done slowly, yet consistently to gain real lasting change and true longterm management.

Promise Pilates ‘Back Care Pilates’ class provides an excellent foundation level practice for beginners and is careful exercise aimed at managing non specific low back pain, spinal injuries and post natal recovery. There is plenty of guidance on how to strengthen the core and improve posture, with flexibility & stretch work, as we lengthen, align, strengthen and stretch the spine & limbs.

Back Care Pilates: Thursdays 10-11am at The Scout Hut, Southwell. Booking essential.

– This article has been published in the July edition of Life Magazines – http://www.lifemagazines.co.uk