TYPES: Beginner to Advanced Group Classes, One on One Instruction with an Instructor, Books, DVDS, Videos, Pilates Apparatus & Accessories; Pilates Massage & Muscles Recovery Kits
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PILATES for BACK PAIN RELIEF PROS:
> Can work for posture problems & back pain if proper form is used for ALL exercises
> Consistent exercise allows one to maintain a healthy body weight, which is essential to joint health
> Developing a balanced muscle structure throughout the body will aid in maintaining an erect posture and the strengthened/toned muscles will reduce stress on the joints throughout
> The endorphins released from exercise are a natural mood enhancer
> Promotes sweating which is the best detoxifier for the human body
> The combination of involved stretching and strengthening motions is recommended for joint health
> The premise is to build core strength, which is crucial to a healthy spine
> Online Instructional Videos & Pilates DVDs can be low cost
PILATES for BACK PAIN RELIEF CONS:
> Attending classes can get expensive, often $100 – $300 a month depending on the gym for group classes. Buying private instruction, which is best for those with injuries, can run from $50 – $100 a session
> Sessions are generally 50 – 60 min and 2-3 x a week, combined with drive time to and from and changing clothes make it a time consuming endeavor
> If you have injuries to begin with, then it requires great care to avoid reinjuring. For instance, one with any shoulder rotator cuff problems could not handle the pose seen above. Qualified instructors are needed and for those with injuries it’s essential. Modifications can be done to posses to help progress through injury, but again requires expert instruction
> Pilates machines/apparatuses can be expensive and require a lot of space.
> More appropriate for morning and afternoon in order to maintain a proper sleep schedule
I’m seeing an increasing number of patients who have muscular strains or aggravated degenerate discs after attending Pilates classes because they thought it would help with their back problems, While I recommend it for back pain and after injury, if exercises are carried out incorrectly they can weaken the back and cause existing conditions to deteriorate.
– Stewart Tucker, Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital of London
One can achieve a strong back and proper posture through Pilates exercises; but it can be time consuming and requires instruction for a qualified individual (preferably a physical therapist or certified Pilates instructor) to reduce chance of injury. Pilates incorporates a lot of complicated & compound body movements. If improper form is used, one may not only suffer an acute injury during a workout; but can also develop muscular imbalances that will eventually lead to chronic pain & injury. Although Pilates can be effective for weight loss and overall body conditioning, the BODY-ALINE is a far more streamlined, less-costly, and faster approach to relieving chronic back pain with exercise. Plus, you do not need to change clothes or break a sweat when using it. Many have asked the questions: “Is Pilates good for back pain?” and “Does Pilates help back pain & back problems?” This analysis summarizes why, in our opinion, the BODY-ALINE is a better & more effective back pain solution compared to even the best total body exercise programs like Pilates, although they both could work well together.
A Personal Review of Doing Pilates for Curing Back Pain from BODY-ALINE Co-Inventor Jason Bowman…
I believe 100% in the effectiveness of Pilates as a back pain cure – if done with proper form all times. The premise of Pilates is sound because it focuses on core strength development, increased flexibility and improved balance. However, the down side is – you really should have a qualified instructor teach you the right way to perform each exercise and be willing to practice proper form diligently, so you don’t forget. This is where the cost (and time) investment in Pilates really starts adding up. If you enjoy Pilates (or think you might enjoy Pilates) then, by all means, go for it. But if you’re hard-pressed for time and money, the BODY-ALINE is a much faster, cheaper, easier and inherently safer solution for curing most types of chronic back pain.