Pilates great for lower back pain

Filed under: Pilates News — Cathy on January 26, 2012

A recent study has shown that Pilates is the most effective form of exercise for those who are suffering from lower back pain as opposed to a more general exercise regimen. There are millions of people across the globe who battle with lower back pain each and every day and it has long been recommended that they take part in gentle exercise which can help to ease their pain, however, it has now been discovered that Pilates is far more effective than previously prescribed exercise regimes.

The study which was conducted by Australian researchers split patients with lower back pain into two groups. The first group was assigned a programme of Pilates classes in Pilates classes pilates classes Pilates classes and the second group were given a general exercise programme, which they were to carry out for six weeks. The patients in the study were all slightly overweight and had a history of back pain which went back years.

At regular intervals, patients were given questionnaires to determine how much pain they were feeling, how their general health was and, although both groups showed an improvement in their general health and the amount of lower back pain they were feeling, the group who took regular Pilates classes showed a bigger general improvement than those who took generic exercise classes.

It is thought that the personal attention and the increased amount of emphasis on stretching and mental wellbeing which is experienced in Pilates classes made all the difference to the patients who saw the most improvement.

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