The majority of adults will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain can be highly distressing, and if left to worsen can result in conditions such as bulging discs that are even more painful. Pilates has long been used to alleviate lower back pain. Yet there are many sources of misinformation about the holistic fitness system. Here are 5 common myths about Pilates and lower back pain and why they are untrue:
Myth 1 Pilates will worsen your back pain
Pilates, like any good exercise approach, is scalable. This means you can adjust your routine according to where your body is currently at. A qualified, careful Pilate’s instructor will not push you beyond what is safe for your back’s current state.
- In order to make sure that you don’t inadvertently worsen your back pain while doing Pilates:
- Communicate your current degree of back pain to your instructor
- Immediately inform your instructor if any exercise feels too uncomfortable or if any exercise causes a spike in pain
- Provided that you place yourself in good hands, Pilates should not worsen your back pain.
Myth 2 Pilates will cure all your aches and pains
- Pilates is a means to an end rather than a panacea. Over time, with diligent practice, you will discover greater flexibility, ease-of-movement, and reduced back pain. This takes some commitment for the full benefits to be felt.
Myth 3 Pilates can cure back injuries
- Pilates is an effective system for strengthening your core muscles and building a stronger, better aligned back with better posture. These elements will help you to avoid future back injuries, but if your back is currently in a bad way it is important to take any necessary resting time before commencing or returning to Pilates classes.
Myth 4 Pilates is not as effective as painkiller medication for alleviating back pain
- The problem with taking painkillers is that they target the symptoms rather than the underlying problem itself. Pilates will help you to strengthen your back so that you won’t need to take painkillers as often in the future.
Myth 5 You need special equipment to strengthen your lower back with Pilates
- Although your instructor will likely use specialised Pilates fitness equipment with you during your sessions, your instructor can also show you mat exercises that will strengthen your lower back.
Pilates is not a panacea for back injuries, but if you attend sessions with a qualified practitioner, communicate clearly with your instructor and don’t push yourself beyond your limits, you will reap the full rewards of improved core strength and a stronger, aligned and flexible back.
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