Is Pilates Good For Back Pain?

Aug 28, 2014 | Health, Pilates

Is Pilates Good for Back Pain? We found a very informative article on this question, first published in the magazine Live Strong.

Pilates can increase strength, flexibility and balance in your body

Therapeutic exercise like pilates is often more effective for back pain than conventional treatments, according to a 2008 study by Susan Sorosky and colleagues in “Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine.” Pilates is especially effective for low back pain because it strengthens your abdominal and back muscles and increases flexibility and balance. Consult with your physician before beginning a pilates routine to treat back pain.


A pilates class generally includes 25 to 50 movements to strengthen the muscles in your body. Participate in an instructor-led course or practice pilates at home with a video or a book. The method incorporates low-impact exercises that focus on specific areas of the body. A class may include props and machines, but most pilates exercises can be performed with only your body and a mat. Like yoga, pilates includes both mind and body aspects of exercise with breathing and relaxation techniques.


Pilates can improve improper posture, which is a common cause of back pain, Sorosky says. Pilates exercises emphasize strengthening your abdominal and back muscles, increasing your flexibility, and balancing and aligning your body and spine. Strengthening your core, which is one of the main aspects of pilates, can achieve all of these goals.


A weak core causes back pain because the muscles in the abs and the back work together, according to Judy Smith and colleagues in their book “Yoga and Pilates.” Many people have weak abs and stiff back muscles, creating incorrect back alignment and pain. When both sets of muscles are limber and powerful, they work together to create a stable and balanced body with reduced pain.

If you’d like to give Pilates a go we have an excellent Intro Offer for new clients or look out for our 5-week Beginners Courses which are a truly excellent way to learn the fundamentals. Alternatively, we offer Level 1-2 classes throughout the week, and absolute novices are most welcome!

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