Pilates Not Pain killers – Ace Health Centre, Gold Coast

Pilates is a series of exercises aimed at improving muscle strength, joint movement and balance of the whole body, not just the back.

Strength, mobility and balance are needed when doing sport and leisure activities, as well as everyday living such at washing, dressing, shopping, working and being able to sit/stand with ideal posture.

People with back pain sometimes avoid moving and doing exercise due to the fear of making things worse, which can quickly result in the loss of muscle strength and joint movement. This in turn will have a negative impact on their overall health and wellbeing.

Pilates exercises can start at a very low level, for example : concentrating on the breath whilst holding a static position, and progress to a much higher level of exercise requiring repeated maximum muscle contraction and combined balance work.

The role of a physiotherapist is to help educate people about why they have ongoing pain, help alleviate any fear associated with movement, correct any poor movement habits and postures, and teach ways to improve how the body performs at home, work and in sport.

Being able to move more easily will help people to do activities to maintain and improve their overall health and wellbeing, for example prevent/treat cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

There is evidence from 10 random trials with a total of 510 people with non-specific chronic LBP. Six compared Pilates (led by trained therapists) with minimal/no intervention and four with other exercises. Treatment programmes lasted between ten and 90 days and follow-up varied from four weeks to six months.

  • Pilates is more effective than minimal intervention for improving pain, disability, function and global impression of recovery at short-term follow up and these improvements are seen for pain and disability at intermediate-term follow up
  • Pilates is probably no more effective for pain and disability than other forms of exercise

So based on that. wether its pilates, or some other form of exercise, its important to start some form of exercise to help with lower back pain.


Information from – http://www.evidentlycochrane.net/pilates-new-evidence-on-help-for-low-back-pain/

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