• Tracy Coe

Pilates and Spine Health


Pilates results to expect—a longer, leaner body, a stronger core and improved posture, among many other awesome benefits. Yet not as many people understand the critical role Pilates plays in spine health.

In a study that was published in Spine, results show that 80 percent of Americans suffer from lower back pain and strain at some point in their life. Thankfully, Pilates helps correct issues that create back pain and helps rehabilitate injuries by focusing on the core postural muscles that help maintain the body’s balance and provide critical support for the spine. In addition, Pilates exercises instill awareness of neutral alignment of the spine and strengthen the deep postural muscles that support this alignment. All of this is essential for alleviating and preventing back pain.

Whether you practice at home or in a Pilates studio, your regimen should focus on movement efficiency, muscle control and awareness of neutral spine alignment. When performed correctly, Pilates exercises develop the deep muscles of the abs and back to support proper posture and ultimately improve spine health. If individuals suffer from degeneration of the intervertebral discs, Pilates helps rehabilitate and strengthen the related muscles, and ultimately, expedite recovery and prevent future injury—another of the many excellent results of a consistent Pilates program.

In addition, Pilates improves strength, boosts flexibility and increases the suppleness of the muscles of the hip and shoulder girdle. When the movement through these joints is fluid and supported, this helps prevent back strain and reduces stress to the spine. When these muscles are strengthened, you decrease pain caused by a variety of issues, ranging from tendonitis to herniated discs.

If you are looking to boost your spine health, improve your posture and develop a strong, toned core, click here to learn more about our Pilates studio.

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