How Pilates can solve a billion dollar problem

22nd September 2016

How Pilates can solve a billion dollar problem
Each year, back pain prevents millions of Americans from going about daily tasks. It is a key factor in unemployment and according to statistics it's the single leading cause of disability worldwide.

The problem is so rife in America, that it costs the US economy $100 BILLION each year by the time you account for medical care, lost days of work, legal and insurance impacts.

But this is no surprise, when 80% of Americans can expect to suffer from it at some point in their lives.

These figures are astronomically high, none more so than the financials. Frustratingly, back pain is a problem that is entirely preventable.

Pilates for back pain

It would be exaggerative to suggest that Pilates could save the American economy billions of dollars, but it could definitely help reduce GP visits and prevent recurring injury.

The majority of back problems stem from bad posture. Office workers in particular tend to slump in their seats and this means the spine feels strained due to uneven weight distribution. Some muscles are forced to overwork and certain joints and bones are left positioned unnaturally. As these positions are held, it eventually leads to imbalance around the joints and the flexibility with which we are able to move changes. This can cause muscle spasms or pain during sudden movement and in severe cases... any movement!

A Pilates routine can help alleviate some of these problems. Different Pilates poses can be practised to strengthen core muscles around the spine. Different moves will help to strengthen all the muscle groups evenly which creates balance and prevents injury. Regular practice will also lengthen the muscles which can increase flexibility.

Pilates is also good for increasing the range of motion in joints such as the hips and shoulders. This makes it a great exercise for sports people such as golfers, runners and swimmers. Golf in particular requires strong, flexible and durable joints, making Pilates an effective way to train.

Types of Pilates

There are two Pilates methods that are most common, reformer pilates and mat pilates. Both are great for strength, but there are some differing benefits. Mat Pilates is the most traditional format and the routines are designed to help decompress the limbs and spine. Beginner's tend to choose mat classes to start off with. Once the basics are learnt, Pilates can be practiced anywhere.

A pilates reformer is a specialised piece of Pilates studio equipment. It is equipped with pulleys which add weight resistance to the exercise. The reformer and in particular the Tower (another piece of equipment) do look like 17th century medieval torture devices, but once you pluck up the courage to try, it's really not as daunting as it looks. With experienced instruction, it's easy to master.

How to find a Pilates class

If you're having back troubles but don't want to both your doctor, then Pilates is definitely worth a try. It'll help remove that desk discomfort and day to day tasks will become much easier. All you need to do is get yourself into a Pilates class. That's where Pilates Near You can help.

To find a class near you, head to the homepage and enter your location in our search. This will find all of the Pilates instructors and Pilates Studios in your area. Once you have chosen a class that suits you, you can leave an inquiry.

Just because you have an injury or are possibly pregnant, that doesn't mean Pilates can't work for you! There are plenty of postnatal pilates classes and antenatal pilates classes available. This is the same for injury rehabilitation and remedial pilates classes. It can be a huge influence on stepping up your recovery and will leave you stronger than ever before.

If you are suffering from back pain, make sure you inform the instructor before joining the class, so if needs be they can tailor a routine to your needs.
Source: Pilates Near You