Pilates is a form of low impact strengthening which it’ reference is from a controlled movement.
Low back pain is sometimes caused by structural imbalances in the body. Weak core strength, pelvic instability, muscle difference, poor posture and lack of body consciousness are considered as aspects where excess joints, discs, and muscles of the lower back. The role of pilates serves as a guide in enhancing these imbalances by developing the overall posture and the movement’s condition.
Based on a minor and controlled study from the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, members who practiced Pilates through four weeks feel more relieved from their symptoms unlike those who underwent the usual treatment programs.
How does Pilates work for spinal positions?
When doing pilates in a spinal position, it should be kept neutral as much as possible. Neutral spine is the position in which our core strength muscles work best and also the least amount of loading and tension on the spinal forms. Our main muscles involve our absorbed abdominal muscles, pelvic floor, deep neck muscles, scapular muscles, and gluts. For instance, all of these muscles cooperate in a sectional control and constancy of our bodies. Raising more awareness of this position is very important for those who are experiencing lower back pain.
Pilates can strengthen the lower back too!
The deepest layer of the abdominal muscles is the abdominal core. These core muscles soothe each section of our spine and shift forces from one segment to another. Building strength of this muscle group is intensely important in the prevention and treatment of lower back pain.
According to studies, it shows that people who have been suffering low back pain for a longer time have lessened the ability to activate these core muscles and the timing of the activation is sometimes delayed. This then leads to enlarging our muscles such as the erector spine, rectus abdominus, and quadrates lumborum to function more. Also, this causes them to become more overactive and stretched.
This entire process sets up an adverse loading outline on our spine. By developing your back strength, postural asymmetries can be adjusted. Overall, raising awareness of posture and the neutral spine position improves the bad movement habits of patients. These have been straining and stressing the spine.