MANY people suffer from lower back pain and it can affect their work, home life and relationships. However, treatment options are available to get you back on your feet and recover.
If you are struggling with chronic lower back pain, why not consider clinical pilates with a physiotherapist?
Pilates can help improve disability, pain, flexibility and balance in those with chronic lower back pain.
Pilates With Sarah owner Sarah Venables has more than 14 years teaching clinical pilates and uses a hands on clinical-based teaching style.
“Pilates helps strengthen, realign and tone muscles,” she said.
“It also improves posture, flexibility and balance. The exercises accommodate and rehabilitate injuries.”
About 80 per cent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetime according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days. Most chronic back pain originates from a mechanical cause which is acute or that occurs over time and that does not resolve.
There are many risk factors for back pain which can include pregnancy, carrying a heavy backpack especially for children, genetic factors including arthritis, being overweight and having a job which requires a lot of lifting, pushing or pulling.
Being very inactive and sitting for long periods can also result in chronic back pain, especially if you have poor posture when sitting. Stress can also cause muscle tension that can result in lower back pain.
Your core muscles are very important in providing stability at each segment of the spine during movement.
Research shows the core muscles tend to switch off or become under active in people with back pain. This means that although the initial episode of back pain may settle, 80 per cent of people with an acute back pain incident will develop recurring back pain within one year of the initial injury.
Pilates exercises significantly improved pain levels, quality of life and disability. Strength and muscle activation of the core stabilising transverse abdominal muscle was also shown to improve.
Pilates-based therapeutic exercises have more effect in the treatment of lower back pain in reducing pain and functional disability in the long term than conventional exercises.
Pilates With Sarah classes are taught by a registered physiotherapist, with a maximum of 10 participants per class.
Beginner and intermediate levels are available. It’s time to repair and restrengthen your back through clinical pilates today.