Pilates could help older women with back problems

Filed under: Pilates News — Cathy on September 3, 2015

According to a recently released Spanish study, older women who suffer from lower back pain may see improvements in their balance and a lesser fear of
falling if they incorporate Pilates classes in Pilates classes pilates classes Pilates classes into their physical therapy routine.

Researchers followed the progress of 100 ladies aged over 65, offering them twice-weekly physiotherapy sessions in which their nerves were stimulated for 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of stretching and massage. Fifty of the women were also offered 60 minute Pilates classes twice a week.

After just six weeks, the women who attended Pilates classes reported they were less fearful of falling, whilst there was no change in the fear levels of the other women. The Pilates classes were also linked to an improvement in balance and a downgrading of back pain.

Speaking to Reuters, Dr. Fidel Hita-Contreras form the University of Jaen said:

“Pilates exercises focus not only on physical but also on psychological development, and mind-body interaction is the main principal of the method.”

Pilates uses a number of controlled movements to improve balance, strength and posture. Many of the poses concentrate on strengthening muscles in the back, thighs, hips and buttocks, which can have a dramatic impact on the physical health of older women.

Although this study was a small one, and needs to be replicated, it has shown very promising results which indicate Pilates classes are one thing that women can do to build their strength and improve their stability so that they are at less risk of falling.

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