Most of us, at some point in our lives, will experience some form of back pain (whether it be from a heavy gardening stint, decorating, post-surgery/ illness, a road traffic collision or pregnancy). No matter when it happens it can stop us in our tracks proving to be both painful and frustrating.
Many recover with little problems and may never have another relapse. However, some go on to have repeated episodes, causing significant impact on work and social activities. Back pain can be caused by many problems, including muscular spasm, disc bulge, impacting facet joints, of which muscle weakness and reduced core control are key. Many of us spend most of our working day sitting at a desk and rarely think to check our seated postural control, and when standing neither do we think about engaging our natural 'muscular corset' to improve our standing posture.
The Physiotherapists at activ8rehab understand the importance of, not only reducing back pain using manual therapy and exercises, but teaching our clients to reduce the causative factors contributing to back pain. Strengthening core muscles is vital to ensure the discs and bones of the back are cushioned against all the stresses and strains of the day.
Pilates is an exercise regimen which focuses upon maintaining an actively strong and stable trunk/ core whilst producing repetitive but gentle movements. Your physiotherapist will know how strong your core muscles are from your initial assessment and from this a pilates programme can be developed. As these exercises become easier, they can be progressed so that you are suitably challenged as you become stronger.
At activ8rehab we teach matwork, reformer, chair and equipment pilates giving you the flexibility to work with us in-house and at home. With continued practice many notice a significant increase in flexibility and strength, with a reduction in either the intensity or frequency of their back pain, or both.
As Joseph Pilates himself once said "Be in control of your body and not at its mercy"
Pilates is an exercise regimen which focuses upon maintaining an actively strong and stable trunk/ core whilst producing repetitive but gentle movements.