Suffering from back pain? You’re not alone! At some point most of us have suffered from dreaded lower back aches or sharp, stabbing pain in one shoulder, it can be hard to avoid! But with these simple tips, you can be pain free and kick back aches to the kerb for good!
Pilates exercises are now prescribed at physiotherapy clinics, chiropractors are recommending Pilates, and one of the most common things I hear at my classes and from online studio members is “I can’t believe it, my back pain is gone!” So what is it about Pilates that makes it a miracle back pain cure?
What makes Pilates so effective is that it gets down deep into the underlying structural imbalances in the body that lead to back pain. Common problems like lack of core support, pelvic instability, muscular imbalances, poor posture, and lack of body awareness are all targeted in Pilates. Over time the problems are improved and eventually eliminated!
In Pilates the main focus is postural alignment and pelvic placement. When your alignment is off centre even slightly, stress is placed upon your spine and joints and as a result we suffer back, hip, knee and shoulder pain. Pilates exercises, with great emphasis on alignment and positioning, create strong, supportive muscle use and perfect posture, allowing us to move our body the way it was designed to!
Doing Pilates increases awareness of the correct alignment of the spine and pelvis, and creates core stability and strength that is required to support the natural curves of the spine. This is called having a neutral spine and it is critical to staying pain free. Our online studio has an in-depth tutorial on how to achieve the perfect Pilates alignment, you can check it out by clicking below:
This workout is also amazing for eliminating neck and shoulder pain for good, you can even do most of these exercises at your office desk or on a plane!
Good posture requires a strong core, and a rich solid core and Pilates go hand in hand! Having core strength means that all of the muscles of the “Powerhouse”, or the trunk of your body, are strong, flexible, and working in accord with one another to support and stabilise the pelvis and spine.
Having excellent core strength means more than just having a six pack, the core muscles include the muscles that are below the surface musculature. This includes the pelvic floor, the psoas (which helps keep us upright and is involved in hip bending). the transversospinalis (the small muscles that are connected to the spine) and the transverse and oblique abdominal muscles. The diaphragm, our primary breathing muscle, is in the centre of the core. All of these muscles play critical roles in the support and stability of the spine.
Check out the workout below from our online studio which works deep into your core, with a strong focus on technique and correct alignment, engaging the Powerhouse and getting strong from the inside out!
A healthy spine can move through every range of motion: flexion, extension, rotation and lateral flexion! As core strength develops, the back muscles learn to work in perfect unison with the abdominal muscles, forming a strong support for the spine that allows you to twist, bend and stretch with ease. Pilates exercises can be modified so that you are getting stronger and more flexible at your own pace. That’s the beauty of Pilates…it’s for everyone! Check out the workout below which moves you through every plane of motion, increasing your fitness and flexibility!
Whether the cause of pain is from an injury, posture or a lifetime of postural habits, back pain is a messenger letting us know that we have to pay more attention to our spine! Pilates will assist you in becoming completely aware of your alignment, centring, balance and control! Make the step towards positive change on your life, lift the weight off your shoulders and get into Pilates today!