Benefits of Clinical Pilates for Back Pain

By Molly Coventry, Physiotherapist

Back pain is a very prevalent issue which can affect all aspects of our life and wellbeing. It is a very common issue – 1 in 6 Australians have back pain, and 4 out of 5 people have experienced low back pain at some point in their life. There are various ways physiotherapists can address back pain; such as through hands on treatment techniques including massage, dry needling and joint mobilisations. Clinical Pilates is a great active treatment option for back pain, it offers a tailored approach guided by a physiotherapist.

Back pain can manifest for several reasons, ranging from poor posture and muscle imbalances to injuries and sedentary lifestyles. Addressing the root cause is crucial for long-term relief, this is where the specalised approach of Clinical Pilates comes into play.

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Why Clinical Pilates? 

  • Physiotherapist Expertise: In Clinical Pilates, sessions are led by physiotherapist who are Clinical Pilates training and have a a deep understanding of the complexities of back pain, including injury mechanisms, healing processes, and movement patterns.
  • Individualised Assessment: A thorough initial consultation is conducted to assess your back pain, history, movement patterns, and goals. This personalised approach ensures that the exercises prescribed are specifically tailored to address your individual needs.
  • Integration of Physiotherapy Principles: Clinical Pilates seamlessly integrates physiotherapy principles into the program, allowing for a holistic approach to back pain management. This approach targets not only symptoms but also underlying issues contributing to discomfort.
  • Adaptability to Injuries: Should an injury flare up during the program, physiotherapy knowledge enables instructors to make specific adjustments to the Clinical Pilates routine, ensuring continued progress without exacerbating pain.
  • Pilates Equipment: The use of pilates equipment such as reformers and trapeze tables provides a controlled environment for movement. This precision is especially beneficial for individuals with back pain, allowing for targeted strengthening of key muscle groups while minimising strain.
  • Pain Reduction through Mechanics Correction: Clinical Pilates excels in addressing the root causes of back pain by correcting poor mechanics. This not only aids in pain reduction but also helps prevent future recurrences, promoting long-term back health.

Key Benefits from Clinical Pilates for Back Pain

  • Targeted Rehab: Clinical Pilates is ideal for those with back pain as the individual program will address specific weaknesses and imbalances.
  • Core & Glute Strength: A strong core is fundamental to a healthy back. Core muscles include your pelvic, lower back, hips and abdomen. Strong and activated glute muscles help protect your back from activities such as lifting heavy objects.
  • Improved Mobility: Through controlled and precise movements, Clinical Pilates promotes mobility, contributing to a more resilient and adaptable back.
  • Long-Term Results: Clinical Pilates goes beyond providing temporary relief; it offers a pathway to sustained back health. By addressing the root causes of back pain, individuals experience long-term results and a reduced likelihood of recurrent issues.

Choosing Clinical Pilates for back pain is an empowering decision towards achieving a pain-free and resilient back. With physiotherapist-guided expertise, personalised programs, and a focus on addressing underlying issues, Clinical Pilates emerges as a holistic and effective solution for those seeking enduring relief from back pain.

Ready to embark on your journey to a healthier back? Schedule your Initial Assessment with our Clinical Pilates experts today or contact us at (08) 9384 1555 to discover the benefits of Clinical Pilates for back pain.

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