KAWARTHA LAKES-Back pain is an extremely common problem here in North America with about 1 in 3 people experiencing it at one time or another. When I worked in physio, I would see someone every single day with some type of preventable back pain and the solution was always exercise! It only took a few sessions to get these people empowered and out of pain simply by doing simple stretches and core work daily.
Today, I teach many people how to live pain free in their bodies. Whether they have mobility issues, a strenuous job, or a lack of core strength, Pilates has helped so many of my clients ditch their back pain and feel better.
Here are some reasons why Pilates is so great for healing back pain:
1)Pilates focuses on a healthy, strong and stable core.
It is a practice of building one’s body from the inside out. When back pain hits, you might feel it in a certain spot, but typically the pain is just a signal that the whole core system is imbalanced and needs some attention. Pilates helps to restore the function of the spinal column, giving the nerves more space and length to pass through. It also gives that new length some reinforcement-like a girdle-to prevent future injuries from occurring.
2)Pilates is Safe for Everyone.
The best thing about the Pilates practice is that it is safe for every body. Whether you are an avid exerciser or have never set foot in a gym-Pilates can help you. Pilates works from ‘neutral spine’ most of the time-teaching you how to hold you body in a safe way to prevent future injury and pain. It can be adjusted and adapted to every body type and customized to suit your needs, muscular imbalances, and goals.
3)Pilates Maintains Your Entire Body’s Function.
It’s not just for back pain, either. I’ve had clients come in with a shoulder injury, and after seeing them for just a few months, they have noticed they don’t have neck pain and they are less tired at the end of the day. Some clients have come for back pain, but stayed because they just feel so good and want to keep feeling better. Pilates works in layers to keep your body working efficiently. There are always ways to further develop your practice to make it more challenging and there are always ways to dial back, if needed.
4)Pilates Helps With Weight Loss.
Though not a huge calorie-torching workout, I have found profound results through my own and my client’s Pilates practice. Recently, I had a young client come in with knee pain. After working together for about 3 months now, she has mentioned her clothes fit so much better because she is more toned and lean. Another client started just to fix her postural concerns and after 30 classes has jokingly complained she needs to get her wedding dress taken in again! Because Pilates works your body like a corset, it helps to pull everything in closer to the midline. You won’t notice the results overnight-that’s the magic of it-it’s your consistency that will matter over time. There’s a famous Joseph Pilates quote “After 10 sessions you feel the difference, after 20 sessions you see the difference, and after 30 sessions you have a new body”.
5)Pilates Improves Overall Quality of Life.
Anyone who has started an exercise program that they love will tell you they can’t imagine their life without it. It is the art of practice and taking care of ones’ self. For such a small investment of time-an hour a day-you will feel so much better in the long run. People who make daily movement a priority have more confidence, less pain, and perform better in their daily activities.
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Becky Sheehey is a Holistic Health Coach, and a Pilates and Movement Expert with a background in Kinesiology. She lives in Lindsay.