Pilates & Back Care
Here are some interesting statistics about back pain in the UK (Source: Backcare):
- It is estimated that 4 out of every 5 adults (80%) will experience back pain at some stage of their lives.
- In most cases it is very difficult to identify a single cause for back pain. In about 85% of back pain sufferers no clear pathology can be identified.
- The National Health Service spends more than £1 billion per year on back pain related costs.
- Back pain, in particular persistent back pain, can have a significant impact on people's lives. It frequently reduces their quality of life and adversely affects their family and social relationships.
- Nearly 5 million working days were lost as a result of back pain in 2003-04. This means that on any one day 1% of the working population are on sickness leave due to a back problem.
How can Pilates help?
Some of the causes of back pain is poor posture and/or weak abdominal and back muscles. As Pilates exercise works to address these issues as well as increase flexibility and balance the body, many people find that their back pain lessens or resolves entirely after following a regular programme of Pilates exercise.
As Pilates is not a replacement for medical therapy, it is important for anyone with neck or back pain to obtain medical clearance from their Doctor or healthcare practitioner before embarking on a programme of Pilates exercise. In certain circumstances, we may need to speak to your Doctor or healthcare practitioner first.
Back Care Classes
Back Care classes take place at the Lee on Solent Community Centre every Friday at 9:30am. Sessions run as a 4 week course costing £34 (payable in advance).
The slower pace and smaller size of this class makes it ideal for those suffering with back or neck issues providing you have received medical clearance to commence Pilates exercise. Sessions will focus on stability, strength and just getting the body moving again. In time, these modified sessions will help clients to learn some of the original Classical Pilates exercises.
New clients wishing to enrol on this course will need to complete a New Client Enrolment Form which can be accessed here.