How Reformer Pilates Can Help Your Low Back Pain
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), low back pain (LBP) affects about 619 million people globally and is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. If you have experienced back pain, you may also been told by a doctor or someone to “Try Pilates!” to as a conservative option to help alleviate the pain.
But why is Pilates highly recommended as an option for lower back pain?
Lower back pain, while acute or chronic, can be attributed to an injury, an imbalance in musculature around the hips and spine or cumulative habits and lifestyle choices. Pilates is an extensive exercise method developed by Joseph Pilates that emphasizes strengthening the core muscles. It helps stabilize the spine and pelvis and address the weakness and imbalances in our bodies. It also focuses on the importance of building self awareness around posture and alignment to support and restore movement mechanics as means to rehabilitate and prevent future lower back pain.
The Pilates Method is highly versatile as it can be done as a bodyweight, mat-based exercise program that can be done anywhere. There are also specialized pieces of equipment that utilize spring resistance that enhance a client’s movement experience such as a
- Ladder Barrel
- Spine Corrector
The Pilates Reformer
At PhysioElements, we utilize the Pilates reformer the most in our patient sessions and private/group classes. It allows us to both modify and challenge exercises for our clients. The Pilates reformer may look intimidating, but it can be a very helpful tool for someone who is experiencing low back pain. The exercises can be done on your back. The design of the apparatus allows your spine to be supported in a neutral position so that your core and other supportive musculature can be optimally worked. As you get stronger, your instructor may gradually progress your exercises to more challenging variations or positions, which can be very helpful for someone who has a fear of movement, which is common with lower back pain.
How often should I do Reformer Pilates classes?
To quote Joseph Pilates ““In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body”
The standard guidelines for Pilates is a minimum of 2 classes or sessions per week in order to experience the benefits of this exercise method.
Where Can I Find Pilates Reformer Classes
We offer 1-on-1 private ReformerPilates sessions at both of our Manhasset, NY and Greenwich CT locations. These 1-on-1 sessions allow the instructor to assess your body and tailor your session to your goals. We offer Reformer group classes at our Manhasset studio which is a great option for those who love the motivation and experience of a group fitness class. You can check out our group classes schedule here https://www.physioelementsny.com/pilates/group-classes/