Could Pilates help you?

Pilates has been gradually gaining popularity in recent years.

In particular, research has recommended that Pilates, along with other forms of exercise, can help manage acute and persistent low back pain. Wondering what all the fuss is about? Find out more.

Pilates is more than just about working the core of muscles located around our abdomen and spine, although that is an important part of it. Pilates looks at movement and strength of our bodies as a whole. With back pain, we may start to move in ways that feel like they are helping the pain but that can become detrimental as they alter our normal movement patterns, causing further pain. Pilates helps us relearn [what should be] ‘normal’ movements for us and teaches us how to use different parts of the body individually.

Pilates is a mat-based exercise which uses low level, focussed movements to help centre our attention on how different parts of the body are working. The exercises can be made progressively more challenging over time as your confidence and technique improves.

Pilates classes at The Physiotherapy Centre are suitable for people working at different levels, whether absolute beginners or clients looking to progress their technique further. We offer one-to-one sessions, small classes for two or three people and regular classes of up to eight people. Please speak to one of our physiotherapy team to find out more.