Relieving lower back pain with Pilates

Relieving lower back pain with Pilates

Approximately 80% of people in the U.S. will experience some type of back pain in their lifetime, and most of the time, that pain will be located in the lower back. For some people, this condition develops into chronic back pain which can greatly impact their day to day living.

Why is your lower back so susceptible to these types of problems? Due to the weight of your upper body, your spine is under constant stress and strain. The vertebrae that compose your spine and the cushioning discs between them begin to deteriorate as your age and, as a result, make you more prone to lower back issues. These issues can be aggravated by poor posture and weak core muscles — those found in your abdominal, back, and pelvic areas — which provide much-needed support for your back.

An exercise program of PIlates helps to promote strength and flexibility in your core muscles which are important in promoting good back health and providing pain relief. Pilates is a mind-body approach to movement. It focuses on body awareness, posture and the proper placement of your spine.

The benefits of an exercise regimen involving regular Pilates classes are many. Pilates stretching exercises will help relieve tightness in your back muscles. They will also work to strengthen the muscles in your abdomen, back and pelvic floor which all help to support and stabilize your spine.

How long have you been living with pain?

Whether your lower back pain is the result of a sports injury, a car accident, or years of poor posture and lack of exercise, Pilates can help to provide you with long term relief from back pain. Located in Rancho Bernardo, Propel Pilates opened in 2008 and is one of the largest and best equipped Pilates studios in the North County San Diego area. Propel Pilates and Fitness can offer you focused and safe workouts from our certified instructors who have the necessary training and experience in putting together an exercise program for people with chronic lower back pain.

The great thing about Pilates is that, although it is safe and low impact, you still get a challenging workout. Before starting a Pilates exercise program, it’s important to get the “OK” from your physician. If you have any medical limitations, our instructors will work with you to design an individualized program that takes these into consideration. Pilates works with controlled and fluid movements which make it easier for you tolerate, and our mat exercises are great for helping with lower back pain.

Quick fixes vs. long term solutions

Taking pain medication for your lower back pain is a quick fix to give you immediate relief. But, consider a program of Pilates exercises to help strengthen your core muscles as a long term solution. Visit our website today to learn about our various classes. Come by the studio and take a tour with one of our instructors and learn how you can take control of your pain.