“Having suffered for many years with back problems and having visited Doctors, Hospitals and Physiotherapists it was suggested by a Physiotherapist that Pilates might help with my problem. My problem being a debilitating severe muscle spasm, which occurs when the back muscles support the lower vertebrae, which do not separate as normal. Whilst Pilates doesn’t cure the problem it has lengthened my spine, improved my posture and strengthened my back muscle so that the spasm hardly ever occurs, but more importantly the lessons and exercises learned on realigning and lengthening the back enables me to confidently react to a spasm with exercise, rather than rest and reduce recovery time from what was often weeks to a matter of days” – Colin Leahy Managing Director Carlton Freight

The important principles of Pilates are consistent with an exercise program that promotes backcare and back pain treatment. In particular, learning awareness of neutral alignment of the spine and strengthening the deep postural muscles that support this alignment are important skills for lower back pain relief patients.

Patients with lower back pain stemming from excessive movement and degeneration of the intervertebral discs and joints are particularly likely to benefit from a Pilates exercise program. In addition, postural asymmetries can be improved, thus decreasing wear and tear resulting from uneven stresses on the intervertebral joints and discs.

Backcare Pilates improves strength, flexibility and suppleness of the muscles of the hip and shoulder girdle and is effective in backpain treatment. Fluid and supported movement through these joints helps prevent unnecessary torque on the vertebral column.

“I have been attending the restorative backcare classes with Nisha now for 7 months, and strongly recommend anyone out there with back or mobility problems to join one of her classes. Nisha is a fantastic instructor and ultimate professional. We work on a machine called V2Max which is very clever and enables you to stretch and use muscles that would not be possible in a general exercise class. Nisha guides and encourages you through every movement. The classes are small and supervised.”
Anne Preston, Client
As a general rule, backcare patients should avoid exercises that push the spine into extremes of flexion or extension, or combine flexion with side bending or twisting the spine. These motions place excessive stress on the intervertebral discs. Also, it is important to avoid fatigue-either mental or physical-which is when proper form is lost and injuries more likely to occur.
“I have been going to a gym for many years and am into the ‘no pain, no gain’. Pilates is so different and gentle and I can definitely feel the benefits. It has helped with the discomfort and pain that I suffer with after a whip lash injury a couple of years ago. I am certainly continuing and hopefully will progress to try out the machines in the near future.”
Irene Cieplak, Client
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