Non specific lower back pain risk factors and how Pilates can help
13th April 2020
Low back pain is really common. You probably experienced already at least one episode of low back pain. It is usually non dangerous. Most cases of lower back pain are non-specific. Other times, low back pain is the result of an underlying and existing condition that needs to be treated and diagnosed by a specialist.
The are many factors that can contribute to non-specific lower back pain. Below some examples:
Bad technique when doing specific movements like bending
Incorrect posture: when we are sitting at work, driving, in a slouched position.
Loaded movements: lifting or carrying heavy loads and movements involving twisting and overreaching
Obesity: very common factor as the overweight puts more strain on the spine
Pregnancy: Similar to obesity, more weight puts more strain on the spine. Also the pelvis naturally tilts anteriorly, increasing the lordotic curve.
Smoking and medication
Stress and depression
There are a number of treatment options available that your doctor will advise that could include pain relief, physiotherapy, and exercise and lifestyle changes, includin practising Pilates.
If you have a nerve-related or ‘red flag’ pain or any other symptoms you must seek advice from your GP or physiotherapist.
A GP may recommend Pilates as it is a great form of exercise that helps to reduce low back pain as it contributes to:
improved flexibility and muscle strength and tone
balanced muscular strength and control
stronger muscles, healther spine
improved stabilisation of your spine
rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
improved physical coordination, proprioception and balance
relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
helps with joint rehabilitation
prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
contributes to stress management and relaxation.
A Pilates professional can create a Pilates plan, tailormade for you, with appropriate modifications and props, with a gradual progression.
Remember: Always listen to your body and the advise from your personal GP when doing physical activity.