Help to Improve Your Spinal Alignment and Decrease Lower Back Pain with Pilates

By: Steven Giles

How many methods have you considered using to get rid of your lower back pain? My guess is at least five or ten. But, what if I told you that you could get rid of your lower back pain with stretching and Pilates? Call me crazy, but it works. If you have never heard of Pilates, then I will tell you, Pilates is a wonderful form of physical exercise that was developed in the 20th century by Joseph Pilates. The exercises within the Pilates system focus on heightening the awareness of how we breath and also how to maintain our spinal alignment - naturally.

Now, you may be wondering to yourself, “okay, but how can these exercises help me to get rid of my existing lower back pain?” You may even be thinking that you have tried everything, even methods that are much more intense than just a simple movement, and that there is literally no way on earth that a simple exercise can help. If you are a skeptic like most people are, then I am here to tell you that an exercise system that focuses on the natural alignment of the body is going to not only work to help realign your spine and get rid of pain, but it will also help your range of motion.

The movements focus on the muscles deep within the torso. If you are the type who doesn't like to exercise, then you are in luck, because the movements used in Pilates are slow and very controlled. You can take as much time as you would like on one movement, and it will still be just as effective as doing a number of the same movements. The range of movement that is used is so small that even the most unlikely person can perform them. The Pilates and stretching exercises have been designed specifically for the purpose of teaching the body strength from the inside out, working only the smallest of muscles. Even if you are a beginner and haven't exercised much in your life at all, you will be able to perform Pilates movements.

Once you begin performing your daily Pilates movements and stretches, you will notice that there is also a decrease of tension and stress, which can contribute to the onset and aggravation of pain. The proper breathing techniques used with this exercise will help to keep your blood circulating the way it should, as well as help maintain all other functions of the body. Once you have strengthened the “powerhouse” or core, (buttocks, abdominal muscles, lower back, and hips) the movements of your extremities will be able to flow in a natural rhythm without any discomfort or pain.

Pilates and stretching workouts are to be performed once a day, preferably in the morning so you can become completely energized and remain free of pain throughout the day. You will also burn fat during the way as well. Your body will function with more ease, and your pain will be gone.

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