Make sure your Pilates workout isn’t making it worse!
I have a back problem. I’ve had it since an injury in my 20’s which is 4 decades ago. In fact, this back problem is how I discovered Pilates, and the incredible benefits including avoiding surgery, is why I became a Pilates teacher.
Now I’m among most people who have a back problem, it never goes away entirely. We ‘manage’ our back problems by keeping certain muscles strong and not overusing others. It’s a delicate balancing act and Pilates is certainly for me a savior, but still sometimes I overdo exercise or some other activity and the pain intensifies for several days sometimes weeks! This is no surprise for the majority of back problem sufferers.
If you feel your back problem aggravated by exercise take a look at this – by a leader in the field of physical therapy.
Have a look!
Importance of retraining functional movement
There is a lack of consensus as to what is the appropriate exercise therapy in the management of low back pain and pelvic disorders. The division is over whether to engage in specific strengthening activities, that include ‘core’ activation or to just get people moving in work hardening exercise programs.
The evidence as to what approach is most effective remains unclear (1).
We know there is a lack of deep inner unit activation in people with back pain and pelvic girdle pain (2), but there is also truth in the statement that ‘what we don’t use, we loose.’
While the evidence catches up, I suggest we look at function and what this shows us about why people are in pain.
For the rest of this fine article go to http://keyapproach.com.au/2015/10/06/importance-of-retraining-functional-movement.