Can Pilates help with Low Back Pain?

Does your low back pain prevent you from sitting in a comfortable position? Does it make standing for long periods of time difficult? How about driving long distances? If you are dealing with Low Back Pain (LBP), you’re not alone. 80% of people will deal with it at some point in their life. LBP is the second leading cause for disability around the world and is the most common thing we treat at here at WPT.

LBP can stem from injury or overuse and it is very treatable. The first thing to note is that staying mobile and exercising is key to healing. This is because most exercise interventions will have an effect in managing LBP. Some interventions, such as physical therapy and Pilates, prove more beneficial than others.

During PT for LBP, there is an emphasis on strengthening and stabilizing low back muscles. This includes resistance training and aerobic exercise. These movements are also both tenets of Pilates, which WPT offers twice a week.

According to The Journal of Orthopedic and Sport Physical Therapy, the most beneficial pilates routine is as follows:

  1. Take part in 1 to 2 45-60 minute sessions of Pilates or strength exercises per week.
  2. Have a blend of core-based strength and mind-body exercises.
  3. Take part in 3 to 9 weeks of Pilates and core-based exercises.

The best way to get started is to sign up for one of WPT’s Pilates classes here, or give us a call at (724) 945-5161. We are ready to answer any and all questions you may have about LBP!

Let us help you take your life back and regain your freedom from back pain!

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