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Pilates for Chronic Back Pain Relief

Many healthcare professionals recommend Pilates to all people. However, patients who suffer from chronic back pain may find Pilates useful, as it is known to help improve flexibility and strength. Pilates is not only a great option for pain relief, but this activity teaches individuals how to avoid movements that apply unnecessary pressure to the spine. A chronic pain patient can learn to use his or her body more efficiently by practicing Pilates.

Considerations for Chronic Back Pain Patients

It is important to consult with your doctor If you are interested in practicing Pilates for pain relief. You should also make sure that the Pilates instructor is certified to instruct classes before enrolling in one yourself. Once that is confirmed, let the instructor know that you suffer from back pain ahead of time so that your limitations are considered during exercises.

Individuals suffering from severe back problems may get relief  from getting one-on-one instruction from a Pilates teacher. Although this may be more expensive than taking a typical group class, it definitely is worth it as one-on-one sessions usually yield better results as opposed to group classes.

Safety Concerns

The number of Pilates classes can vary between patients. For chronic pain patients, it is limited to only taking classes once a week. However, as back pain subsides, it is encouraged to take more classes. Even if patients can only attend one or two sessions a week, any sort of exercise can make the biggest difference!

Pilates can be challenging since this activity has roots in ballet and dance. If you suffer from degenerative disc disease or chronic back pain avoid performing certain exercises for safety reasons. Any position that puts stress on your intervertebral discs can be potentially harmful and could increase back pain. To reiterate, it is always a good idea to consult with your physician before starting Pilates.

Pace Yourself

Taking regular breaks is fundamental when trying out a new activity. Pushing yourself too hard, or working out to the point where you are physically and mentally exhausted, can make you susceptible to injury. Be sure to make your instructor aware if you experience any pain when performing an exercise. They can make suggestions, as well as modify your exercise. It may take practice for you to notice the full benefits of Pilates, but with practice, you can gradually reduce chronic pain.

If Pilates seems to do very little for your chronic pain, you should consider consulting with one of our pain experts. Pain Specialty Group houses experienced pain professionals who can provide thorough therapeutic and diagnostic plans designed to target your specific condition. Contact Pain Specialty Group today to set an appointment with a New Hampshire pain expert who can help guide you toward pain relief.

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Aidan Fisher, Maureen Cassidy Pain Specialty Group

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