Pilates supported by NHS for back pain

Filed under: Pilates News — Susan on June 16, 2009

The NHS has given a real shake up to the way they intend to treat those with a bad back.  Surgery and injections are being discouraged and instead exercise classes such as Pilates classes in Pilates classes pilates classes Pilates classes are being encouraged along with counselling.

Lower back pain is remarkably wide spread and most of us will experience it at some point in our lifetime.  Our modern lifestyle with a lack of exercise, long working hours and poor posture, means one in three adults suffer from lower back pain each year and we lose around five million working days because of this.  More than 2.5 million adults seek help from their GP every year.

Just last month, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) gave out new guidelines on how to treat chronic lower back pain and many treatments such as steroid injections will now be replaced with recommendations for alternative therapies and exercise classes such as Pilates.

In the Mail on Sunday this weekend, they reviewed the different types of exercise available.  All experts agreed that not only is exercise incredibly important in the preventative sense but that exercise is now seen as important for those with back pain, in order to strength the muscles that support the spine.

Pilates:  A spokesperson for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy said

“Over time, it helps to create a solid cylinder of muscle around the central spine, preventing damaging force being applied to the vertebrae, ligaments and discs.  It can help you to develop a strong back, but should not be a first line of treatment for chronic back pain.”

Pilates is ideal for strengthening the main muscles for a strong lower spine.  Pilates classes are available nationwide and in Pilates classes in Lancashire pilates classes Lancashire, they are available in locations to suit almost anyone with Pilates classes in and around Pilates classes in Blackburn pilates classes Blackburn, Pilates classes in Burnley pilates classes Burnley, Pilates classes in Preston pilates classes Preston and Pilates classes in Chorley pilates classes Chorley.  Following these changes to the NHS, attendance figures and the number of Pilates classes are expected to increase rapidly over the next couple of years.

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