Presumably there are some caveats within this, depending on what’s causing your back pain, but studies have shown that it’s not simply a case of Pilates being better for you than popping pills, it’s actually much more likely to present a solution, where science found that anti-inflammatory pills such as Ibuprofen “made so little difference that most people would not notice the effect,” commented The Times.
Pilates improves strength, flexibility, and suppleness of the muscles of the hip and shoulder girdle, while fluid movements help to prevent pressure in the back. It’s advocated by the NHS, and in addition to easing pain, Pilates works by teaching the client awareness of neutral alignment of the spine and strengthening the deep postural muscles that support this alignment. That in turn, will help to prevent future or further issues.
However, one of the things that’s highlighted is that when taking up Pilates, the best way to do it is to really embrace it and bring it into all areas of your life, developing an awareness of your posture throughout the day and engaging your core even when you’re not sitting in a class.
Clinical Pilates in particular, which combines the skilled disciplines of physiotherapy and Pilates is a particular strain of the practice that’s making waves in the healing process for all injuries and pain, as well as offering a chance to maintain or improve fitness along the way.
While Clinical Pilates uses original principles and equipment to achieve individual goals, at it’s core it is physiotherapy, designed to support and heal the body when you have a sports injury, are recovering from surgery or age or lifestyle are causing musculoskeletal problems. It’s about manipulating your muscles, soft tissues and joints in order to put them in the best environment for your body to heal.
At its core (no pun intended) that is what Pilates does, it doesn’t just aim to support your body’s own healing process, but it also helps you to stay fit along the way – just ask the Duchess of Cambridge – apparently she’s an avid fan!
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