Pilates for Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain affects most people at some stage in their life. In the majority of cases this can be significantly relieved with a good Pilates practice. Learning how to build neural pathways to the deep stabilising muscles in our trunk, will give us support and function that can enhance our lives and help us to enjoy pain free movement.

Non-specific Back Pain can respond to the practice. Other conditions that may have resulted from injury or pathologies involving disc herniation, prolapse would benefit from one-to-one tuition to develop a suitable home practice. Educating yourself about movement patterns that aggravate and how to self-correct will give you clarity and confidence to make movement a part of your everyday life.

A common factor which can aggravate pain is Fear and Anxiety of moving and creating further pain. This leads to mental tension to which our muscles respond and is compounded by the stiffness which accumulates by not moving. Slowly introducing Core awareness using the breath is an affective way of building confidence and connecting to the body in a positive way.

If you want to prevent Lower Back Pain, training your core muscles at a reputable Pilates class will ensure that you learn core awareness and activation and techniques that are safe yet progressive.
The combination of deep abdominal strengthening, postural awareness, and release and stretching exercises makes Pilates extremely effective in the prevention and treatment of LBP.
If you currently have back pain do consult with a healthcare practitioner before engaging in any exercise program.

Your entry point to Pilates is a Beginners class that will teach you the fundamentals of moving with core engagement and how to relax.
The Breath is key and although not taught in all classes, percussion breath (introduced by Ronnie Fletcher, one of Joseph Pilates students) gives us access to active core muscles in a manner that we can integrate into our non-formal (off the mat practice) so that a Functional Core supports us as a living membranous structure in all our activities.

Your abdominal and back muscles are mutually supportive. It’s not all about the “front” body. The front (TVA) and back (Lumbar multifidus) core muscles are quite deep. Core engagement is not to be confused with abdominal muscle bracing! This is something else. A reputable Pilates teacher with educate you through senses, with the breath, clear instruction and imagery.

Practice mindfully. Go slow, be gentle, pay attention and be patient.

For further information on Pilates mat classes and One-to-One consultations, contact Linda on www.sadhanayoga.ie