Pilates for Lower Back Pain – by Pilates Instructor Jess Martin

By Eliza Gleadell
October 11, 2019

If you have found yourself reading this, it is likely that you, or someone close to you, is suffering from low back pain (LBP) and you’re not alone. LBP is common, so common in fact that 84% of us will experience an acute episode over our lifetime, equally across all age groups.

LBP typically spans the area from below your rib cage to the top of your hips. It can vary in presentation, symptoms and severity. It is important to remember that while LBP is common, it is rarely dangerous and does not mean that your back is vulnerable to damage. Pain does not equal tissue damage.

The good news – evidence suggests that acute LBP is usually self-limiting. Our backs are perfectly designed for moving, bending and lifting so it’s important to get moving with regular exercise. Exercise, such as pilates, is one of the best interventions for LBP due to its ability to help decrease our pain. We call this exercise induced hypoalgesia.

Pilates is a form of exercise that is low impact, low intensity and specifically tailored to your needs. It perfectly combines everyday functional movements with mat-based exercises and spring-loaded equipment. This helps strengthen postural muscles, improve balance and stability and prevent injuries occurring.

If you’re experiencing LBP our skilled osteopaths and pilates instructors can help tailor a management plan for you. The end goal – to achieve pain free movement and improve your quality of life.




The Lancet Low Back Pain Series, 2018

O’Keeffe, M.,  Griffin, D., O’Sullivan, K.,  O’Sullivan, P.,  & Maher, C.  10 myths about back pain and how to cope when it strikes 2019

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