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.