Learning awareness of neutral spine alignment and strengthening the deep postural muscles that support this alignment are important skills for anyone with back pain.
For this reason Pilates conditioning is recognized as an effective rehabilitative method by physical therapists, chiropractors and orthopedists.
Consistent practice improves postural asymmetries, decreasing wear and tear resulting from uneven stresses on the intervertebral joints and discs.
Pilates improves strength, flexibility, and suppleness of the muscles of the hip and shoulder girdle. Fluid and supported movement through these joints helps prevent unnecessary torque on the vertebral column.
Pilates also teaches awareness of movement habits that may stress the spine and helps the back pain patient change these habits to those that preserve neutral alignment.
Awareness of excessive tension and the use of proper mental focus helps the patient use the body efficiently,
protecting against further injury and reducing pain.