Pilates has been improving the health and mobility of its practitioners for over 100 years. It is a tried and true, low impact form of exercise, and if you haven’t tried it yet, it may be about time. Today, even chiropractors such as those at SouthEast Chiropractic have begun incorporating Pilates into their patient recommendations as an additional means by which to improve back health and overall wellness
How does Pilates improve back health?
If you are unfamiliar with Pilates, you may be wondering how exactly it may be beneficial for you. In reality, there are many ways, including even conditioning of your body and flexibility, but here, we will review a few points related specifically to the back:
· Improves strength and flexibility, particularly in the hips and shoulders and helps prevent unnecessary strain on the vertebral column.
· Helps with neutral spine alignment.
· May improve postural asymmetries to help decrease stress on the joints and discs located in your back.
· Help strengthen the back muscles and improve your posture.
· Develops stronger core muscles, which helps stabilize and support your spine.
Key Considerations for those interested in Pilates
If you have been recommended Pilates or are simply interested in undertaking a Pilates program to improve your overall health and conditioning, there are some factors to keep in mind. Use the following to ensure your safety when beginning Pilates or any exercise program:
· Seek the guidance of a physician before beginning any new exercise regimen.
· Make sure the instructor is certified to teach and understands back problems.
· If you are experiencing severe back issues, it may be best to start with an individual Pilates program before jumping into a full class.
· Many moves learned in class can eventually be practiced at home to continually strengthen the back muscles.
· Avoid exercises the cause the spine to flex, extend, or bend, as these may place excessive stress on the vertebrae.
Pilates aids in general body awareness and helping you recognize if your spine is in alignment or not. Pilates involves both the body and mind to strengthen the core and back muscles and decrease your back pain. In all, if your chiropractor has recommended Pilates, there is good reason.
At SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers, we incorporate many complementary therapies into our patient treatment programs, including nutritional counseling, acupuncture, massage, and Pilates. Find out which combination may be most beneficial for you by scheduling an appointment.