80% of American adults report some type of back pain each year.
May causes could be at play but often back pain is the result of:
- Poor Posture
- A Larger Chest
- Being at Desk for 8 plus hours a day
- Muscular imbalance from daily life or recreational activities
Pilates has been found to provide the some benefits for people with chronic low-back pain. Findings from the randomized controlled study appeared in Medicine Science in Sports & Exercise (2012: 10). Pilates subjects received an individualized, direction-specific exercise program designed for them by a physical therapist after an examination. For 6 weeks everyone did supervised 1 hour exercise sessions. Data analysis revealed that participants experienced significant improvements at 6, 12, and 24 weeks.
A few quick things you can do to help if getting to the Pilates studio is not possible for you right now.
- Bring your devises to eye level
- Clean out your purse and anything else you carry around daily
- Check your work station to improve posture and positioning
- Check your relaxing spot at home for postural improvements