What To Do About Your Lower Back Pain

If you have lower back pain, this recent research study may be of great interest to you!

Wells et al. (2014) conducted a review and found that specifically Pilates exercise can help alleviate chronic low back pain (classified as pain for more than 12 weeks). Developed by Joseph Pilates, these exercises focus on core stability along with strength, flexibility, and posture.

Pilates may even be on par with massage therapy when it comes to treating lower back pain.

These studies are based on exercises done over shorter periods of time (3-24 weeks). Although more research is needed regarding exercises beyond 24 weeks and specific exercise regimes for optimal results, I think Pilates exercises are great!

I’m a big advocate for these exercises, and partially began doing them for my lower back pain. Even though this study is based on participants with chronic lower back pain, I say that even if you have mild lower back pain Pilates are worth a shot- you will not be harmed if you do the exercises carefully.

There are Pilates classes you can attend in your area, or you can browse around YouTube and can follow the videos for free!

Personally, I love this girl’s videos:

http://www.youtube.com/user/blogilates

http://www.blogilates.com/workout-video-index/

You can find both Pilates and general strengthening exercises as well. She has a range of videos, whether you are just trying these exercises for the first time or if you are up for a challenge! Her motto is “Train like a beast, look like a Beauty!”, and trust me you WILL train like a beast! The best part is you can do these exercises anywhere and anytime.

-Stay pain free!

 

Wells, C., Kolt, G. S., Marshall, P., Hill, B., & Bialocerkowski, A. (2014). The Effectiveness of Pilates Exercise in People with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review. PLoS ONE, 1-14.

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