Pilates improves the flexibility and the strength of your back muscles and strengthens the core. It is a very controlled exercise that focuses on breathing, posture, abdominal and back strength and relaxation.
Pilates is an Adaptable Method
Modification and working to your own ability is the key to the success of Pilates with a variety of populations. All exercises are developed with modifications that can make a workout safe and challenging for a person at any level.
Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement.
As your core strength improves you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates helps people overcome back pain. As the trunk is properly stabilized, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently.
Why Clinical Pilates?
When looking for a Pilates class, if you suffer from back pain, I would strongly advise you to check the type of Pilates class it is and the qualifications of your instructor. Fitness Pilates whilst a great class for people wanting a powerful flowing core strength and toning class is not suitable for people suffering from back pain. To be a recognised Pilates teacher now, you have to hold a Level 3 (advanced instructors) qualification because of the sort of conditions you may be presented with. There are people calling themselves Pilates teacher who have not undertaken this further training. Whilst I know of good instructors who teach this sort of class and have not upgraded their qualifications I would just urge you to be careful. I would reassure you that I only employ instructors who hold the level 3 qualification to cover my community classes. I am a level 4 instructor which gives me the title of Specialist in Exercise for Lower Back Pain, so hopefully, you are in safe hands!