Treating Your Lower Back Pain with Pilates

Treating Your Lower Back Pain with Pilates

If your back hurts, you’re probably doing everything you can to avoid using those muscles. But reduced use of your muscles leads to muscle loss and imbalance, neither of which help reduce your back pain. 

The APPI Pilates specialists at Momentum Physical Therapy in Los Angeles offer private Pilates lessons to help you recover from surgery or injury, manage disease, and prevent or manage physical disabilities. 

Treating your lower back pain with Pilates can help strengthen the muscles in your back and reduce pain.

What causes back pain?

Before starting a Pilates practice, you need to understand your low back pain and its potential causes. Lower back pain affects the area between the top of your legs and your lower rib cage, called the lumbosacral area.

The lumbar spine is made up of the vertebrae, soft tissue, joints, intervertebral discs, and neurovascular structures. These elements are prone to stress and can contribute to lower back pain.

The cause of low back pain is often nonspecific, and serious causes for back pain are rare, but that doesn’t make it hurt any less. Meet with one of our physiotherapists at Momentum Physical Therapy to determine the source of your back pain, to ensure you can safely exercise, and to treat your lower back pain with Pilates.

If Pilates is appropriate for your back pain, our APPI Pilates-trained staff uniquely blends their knowledge of back pain with customized Pilates exercises and private instruction to help reduce your pain.

Improve posture to reduce lower back pain

Considered the ideal posture for your body, the neutral spine position is a stepping stone for doing many Pilates exercises correctly. The neutral spine position brings your lumbar (lower), thoracic (middle), and cervical (neck) spine into proper alignment. 

We teach you how to get into this neutral spine position so you can focus on maintaining that position on a daily basis when you sit or stand. 

Pilates exercises get to the root of most back pain and strengthen your core muscles around your abdominals and back. Stronger core muscles provide stronger support for the muscles around the spine, reducing pain and fixing the long-term problem.

Learn proper Pilates form for ongoing pain management

We emphasize proper form and body awareness through private Pilates instruction at Momentum Physical Therapy, so you can learn how to properly support your spine and reduce back pain in the long term.

We carefully select Pilates exercises based on your specific circumstances. Common exercises may include:

We can modify exercises that are too difficult for you and omit any exercises that are not recommended due to the nature of your back pain.

Get started with private Pilates instruction 

If you have low back pain, poor balance, or weak muscles, contact us to schedule an appointment at our office in the Sawtelle section of Los Angeles, California. After an evaluation, we can recommend a personalized Pilates program and teach you how to use Pilates fundamentals to reduce back pain.

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