Core Strength and Low Back Pain - Videos Below

Babs King, 10 January 2010

Abdominal Core Muscles PilatesThe core or center of the body, is essential when practicing Pilates. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles, and the muscles closest to the spine. More specifically, the transversus abdominus, pelvic floor, multifidus, and diaphragm. These muscles make up the inner unit of the torso and provide proper support to the joints of the back and pelvis. This is why Pilates is a popular choice for individuals experiencing low back pain. With proper cueing and exercise alignment, Pilates can be highly effective at decreasing low back pain and increasing quality of life.

Pilates Diaphragm The deep core muscles work differently than the superficial abdominal muscles (oblique muscles, rectus abdominis, and long back muscles). Research has shown that it is the timing of co-contraction of the core muscles that is effected by back or pelvic pain or by the fear of back pain. With Pilates, and core training exercises you focus on restoring the timing and sequencing of your deep core muscles to improve the health of your low back. In addition, the proper deep core contraction provides the stability you need to create mobility through the body and limbs. Once you can internally feel the contraction of the deep core muscles, core strength and core strengthening exercises begin to increase.

Pilates Core Muscles With Pilates, the core is challenged as movements involve overcoming resistance either from gravity, personal body weight, props, or springs. Such resistance places an increased load on the deep core muscles and increases core strength. Furthermore, core strength is not only increased for the deep core muscles, but it is also increased for the superficial core muscles as well. Thus providing an overall abs workout that is challenging and all encompassing.

Whether you are from a surrounding village or live in the core of Cambridge, Juice Pilates aims to help all of its clients achieve freedom from low back pain and achieve good core strength. If you are suffering from chronic low back pain, Pilates may be just the cure you are looking for. The National Health Service UK recently published an article how Pilates can correct poor posture which leads to chornic back pain.

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