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Pilates for your Back
Should I be exercising if I have back pain?Before you start Pilates make sure you have sought out a professional opinion as to whether it is appropriate to begin Pilates. Studies have shown that most back pain will settle within 6 weeks, but reoccurrence of Lower Back Pain can be quite high. Engaging in a specifically tailored core strength program can significantly reduce your chances of Lower Back Pain at all ages, as well as improving your posture.
Will my back hurt during Pilates classes?Pilates exercises are specifically designed to avoid placing strain on your back. By learning to activate or ‘engage’ your core muscle and surrounding pelvic muscles, (also known as TA or Transverse Abdominus) during your daily activities, less strain is exerted on your back. After a few weeks of practice under supervision we aim to have this muscle switched on during every day activity to prevent reoccurrence of pain.
How long does it take to make a difference?With an individually Pilates program for your type of back injury , you will experience positive changes within the first 2 weeks. Research and our experience has shown that 6 weeks of specific Pilates can give overall changes to your movement patterns and reduce the symptoms of Lower Back Pain. By attending supervised session by qualified Professional Pilates instructors, you will be personally instructed and given a specific program to practice at home. You will set yourself in good stead for understanding ways to manage your back problems independently.
Is it worthwhile if I have had back pain in the past but haven’t had it again?Pilates can be a great form of exercise for you to enjoy on an ongoing basis. You will gain knowledge and improve how well your core muscle works as well as complimenting your sport and adding to your other exercise and lifestyle goals. Pilates will increase your awareness of your body, improve your posture by ensuring better spinal ‘fitness’ as well as help those who have physically demanding jobs to keep the back free such as Tradesmen to those who have more sedentary jobs and need more postural strength.
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