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Pilates against back pain

Lower back pain and other recurrent back pain make the life of many rather complex. A few years ago, it was customary to privilege rest and minimize movements to treat the famous "sprained back" or "lumbago" and rest the back for other aches or discomforts. Many physiotherapists and postural health specialists, however, now agree on the importance of movement. But how?

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Many physicians and physiotherapists now recommend Pilates to improve the stability of the lumbosacral and lumbar pelvic girdle, to tone the postural muscles and to reduce the risk of new sprains or the recurrence of pain. Proven effective in improving the physical conditions associated with low back pain or lumbar disc herniation problems, Pilates helps to tone deep muscles in both athletic and regular condition and, therefore, also helps with pain relief.

Many people dealing with low back pain on a daily basis see their condition improved by regular Pilates exercises.

As pain can sometimes be caused by poor posture or false movements related to daily life, awareness of movement and increased stability gained in Pilates are life-saving. Although some of the harmful effects of low back pain or severe hernia may not always be reversible, serious Pilates training can usually turn the tide. The exercises, initially, may seem uncomfortable, create little pulls or new muscle fatigue resulting from training. Little by little, tiredness and small body aches will give way to a good stability and a new strength.

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However, it will be important to respect a gentle pace and apply an effective concentration on the exercises to perform. In the presence of low back pain or problems of this type, your Pilates instructor will offer you a suitable program and will particularly watch your posture. From the placement of your head, to the complete alignment of your spine, of your rib cage and your pelvis, to the positioning of your feet ... By working an improved posture with a deep, controlled and effective breathing, the improvements will also be felt on your general energy.

Do not forget to get an accurate diagnosis of the problem causing your back pain. Knowing exactly what is causing your discomfort will greatly help your instructor to lead your sessions and guide you more effectively. Movement is health!

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