Do you suffer from back pain or sciatica?

Photo credit : Danil Nevsky

Well, you’re not alone!

Back pain affects pretty much all of us at some stage in our lives.

Persistent pain can be distressing, especially when the discomfort is difficult to manage, or you’re not able to pin-point specific triggers – GPs often refer to this as ‘non specific back pain’.

Back pain and Sciatica can permeate your whole life – causing loss of mobility, disruptions to day-to-day activities and in some cases may even lead to depression.

Sometimes, back pain can be caused by an injury or a specific condition, such as <Scoliosis>, whiplash, or frozen shoulder.

However, more often, back pain is a direct result of continuously poor posture and our increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

Let’s face it – too much time sat behind desks, hunched over computers and sitting incorrectly can put undue stress on our poor backs and spines.

What’s more, it’s a fact of life that as we get older, so do our spinal discs: the shock-absorbing marshmallow-like cushions between our vertebrae.

This means that as time goes by we are more prone to spinal disc degeneration – otherwise known (confusingly) as ‘slipped discs’, ‘herniated discs’, ‘bulging discs’, ‘prolapsing discs’ and so on…

So what can you do to help your back pain?

Well, here’s the good news…

Pilates is the perfect method for not only alleviating back pain, but also for regaining and maintaining optimum back health.

That’s because Pilates focuses on exactly the issues so often attributed to bad posture, disc degeneration and back pain in general:

  • Poor core stability
  • Reduced flexibility
  • Muscle imbalances

By strengthening your core, increasing flexibility and retraining the muscles to correct your specific imbalances, Pilates can help to support the natural alignment of your spine and reduce the wear and tear on your discs.

This all helps to improve posture, increase your resilience to injury and best of all – to alleviate pain and discomfort.

Even better – by keeping up a regular Pilates practice you’ll also create a postural awareness that can be applied to your day-to-day activities and habitual patterns, helping you to prevent further spinal misalignment and injury.

Physiotherapy and Pilates for back pain rehabilitation

If you’re a sufferer of prolonged and/or significant back pain it’s often advisable to seek one-to-one Pilates sessions with a teacher also qualified in physiotherapy.

A Physio-Pilates teacher will have extensive anatomical knowledge and experience of treating clients with a whole range of conditions associated with degenerative disc issues, injuries and chronic pain.

Your teacher will not only ensure that specific exercises are performed correctly but are also sufficiently modified (and in many cases, completely avoided) for your particular physiological limitations.

Pilates for Back Pain: Want to know more?

Pilates in Brighton offers thorough assessments with a physiotherapist experienced in working with clients suffering with back pain and disc degeneration.

Following this initial session you can then chose to continue working on a one-to-one basis or move into group classes where you’ll be focussing on exercises specifically chosen for your body and its unique needs.

Book your initial assessment…

To book your initial assessment or ask any questions – call us on 01273 699998. Or email us at

Our back pain classes are as follows
Thursdays at 10.30 with Keri book now
Thursdays at 17.15 with Keri book now

To see our timetable of group classes, click here

Brand New Packages to help with Back Pain

  • A one to one assessment with a Physiotherapist and 3 mat classes = £65  Buy Now.
  • A one to one assessment with a Physiotherapist and 2 machine classes = £70  Buy Now

Further Links

 For more information about back pain, visit the Spine Health website.