What Everyone Gets Wrong About Flexibility

Article Written by Leigh Weingus | Found on MindBodyGreen

Gaining flexibility is easy. At least that’s what I told myself when I set out to touch my toes at age 22, after four long years of college spent running, using the elliptical, and biking all over campus. I had aches and pains in my legs and back, so I decided it was time to loosen up my muscles and joints. No big deal.

But after three months of stretching every morning, my body was more rigid than ever, and my back had developed unfamiliar twitches and aches. It was only […]

Tips to Maintain Good Posture

We often hear that good posture is essential for good health. We recognize poor posture when we see it formed as a result of bad habits carried out over years and evident in many adults. But only few people have a real grasp of the importance and necessity of good posture.

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Pilates and Back Pain

Article by Marguerite Ogle | Found on VeryWell.com

Pilates exercises are commonplace at physical therapy centers, chiropractors are recommending Pilates, and “My back used to hurt all the time and now I don’t feel it anymore” is a phrase we hear a lot from people who do Pilates consistently. So what is it about Pilates that works so well for back pain relief?

What makes Pilates so effective is that it addresses the underlying structural imbalances in the body that lead to back pain.

Issues like lack of core support, pelvic instability, muscular imbalances, poor posture, and lack of body […]

Pilates for Chronic Low Back Pain

Article Featured on Pilates Digest

As Pilates instructors, we have all encountered individuals who suffer from back pain. Back pain is ubiquitous – 8/10 people will experience it in their lifetime. It has significant financial costs and is challenging for conventional healthcare to treat.

Pilates is an excellent modality to combat back pain. The slow pace of the exercises, the emphasis on proper breathing and the focus on alignment make Pilates a practice that is both therapeutic and strengthening in design.

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To Prevent Back Pain, Orthotics Are Out, Exercise Is In

Article by Gretchen Reynolds | Featured on NY Times

Lower back pain is an almost universal if unwelcome experience. About 80 percent of those of us in the Western world can expect to suffer from disruptive lower back pain at some point in our lives. But if we begin and stick with the right type of exercise program, we might avoid a recurrence, according to a comprehensive new scientific review of back pain prevention.

Lower back pain develops for many reasons, including lifestyle, genetics, ergonomics, sports injuries, snow shoveling or just bad luck. Most often, in […]

10 Ways to Ease Back Pain

Article Featured on Everyday Health

Nearly everyone suffers from some type of back pain at some point in their lives. But no matter when it appears or what may have caused it, back pain can be a real, well… pain, to deal with. The good news? There are simple things you can do to prevent back pain and to keep your back in good condition. And if you’re suffering from a back pain problem, try the following tips and you could be on your way towards feeling better.

A Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep disturbances are common among back pain […]

How Good Posture Can Help Prevent Back Pain

Oh, your aching back! Back pain may be mild or debilitating, chronic or occasional, located in upper back or lower back.

Depending on the cause of your back pain, and the frequency and intensity of your symptoms, treating it can be tricky. Some common treatment options include heat therapy, exercises (such as stretching) and pain relieving medications. Another common treatment for back pain is heat therapy. One of the best approaches to dealing with back pain may be to prevent it from occurring in the first place, or at least lessen the chances. Adjusting your posture may help.

Adjusting […]

Using Pilates to deal with Back and Neck Pain

Using Pilates to deal with Back and Neck Pain

Most of the Pilates mat exercises strengthen the muscles necessary to properly support the spine and bring an awareness about what proper posture actually is. It’s not enough just to do Pilates mat exercises; if you want to improve your posture and heal your back pain, you must incorporate Pilates into your daily life. You must translate the Neutral Spine, the feeling of length and the Abdominal Scoop into your desk job. If you can incorporate the deeper Pilates concepts into your daily life, you’ll notice changes immediately — in […]

Pilates and Back Pain

Pilates exercises are commonplace at physical therapy centers, chiropractors are recommending Pilates, and “My back used to hurt all the time and now I don’t feel it anymore” is a phrase we hear a lot from people who do Pilates consistently. So what is it about Pilates that works so well for back pain relief?

What makes Pilates so effective is that it addresses the underlying structural imbalances in the body that lead to back pain. Issues like lack of core support, pelvic instability, muscular imbalances, poor posture, and lack of body awareness all effect back health. They are […]

Pilates as a Back Pain Cure

Vicky Joseph’s back pain started while she was on a training walk, preparing for a trekking holiday in Nepal.

The pain got so severe that she became depressed and had to leave her job.

She spent years searching for a cure for the pain. She consulted specialists up and down the country and abroad – from orthopaedic surgeons to faith healers.

Five years and more than 50 specialists later, Vicky has stopped her search after discovering pilates.

Surgery and physiotherapy helped ease the pain, but taking up pilates is a lifestyle change that is helping her manage her back […]