Do you get pain into one side (or sometimes both) of the lower back?
Is it painful when you go from sitting to standing?
Pain when you bend forward?
Then it sounds like your pain could be down to SIJ (Sacroiliac Joint) dysfunction. But what is it and what can we do about it?
We all know that Pilates is one of the most popular methods of conditioning out there, whether it’s to be to help with back pain, helping to prevent the chance of injury or just to feel better Pilates is more popular than ever.
Unfortunately many people out there are still not getting anywhere near as much benefit from their Pilates classes and in some cases people believe Pilates “doesn’t work”. The main reason for this is that people are simply not doing it right.
Back pain is one of the main reasons I see people attending Therapy sessions and/or Pilates classes with me.
When you suffer with back pain it can be difficult to know what to do. It is worth knowing that although pain in the back maybe one of the symptoms we suffer, there can be different types of back pain.
In this article we are going to have a look at a few of them.
More often than not when we have back pain, one familiar reason it seems to be put down to is “weak core muscles”. This can be what leads to so many people attending Pilates classes and searching the internet for ‘core’ exercises, however we can often be left disappointed if we find that these “core” exercises do not help our back pain after a period of time.
Have you been told you have a “weak core”? If so then how was this theory proven? What tests why done? Just because we suffer from back pain it shouldn’t be assumed that the ‘core’ is a weak. Sometimes by carrying out ‘core’ exercises to strengthen our assumed weak core we could actually make our back pain worse!
When people come to visit me, whether it is in my studio or in one of my Pilates classes, one thing that they have often been told previously is that they have ‘weak glutes’. These ‘weak glutes’ often get lumbered with the blame for a number of different symptoms: Lower back pain, Knee pain, Ankle instability, ‘Pronation’ of the foot etc. Often we are told we need to ‘strengthen’ our glutes to bring good function back to the body and more importantly in the hope that it might resolve some of these issues.
In this article I am going to look at why you may get more benefit from taking a different approach rather than simply attempting to ‘strengthen’ your glutes.
One of the biggest challenges for clients who visit Therapists (and also one of the biggest challenges I had when I was also a client) is completing the corrective homework exercises. Even though it is one of the most vital parts to the success in our Therapy journey, it is still one of the main things that hold us back in achieving what we want.
Here we will look at why they are important and ways that can help you to complete those exercises regularly.
Pilates Instructor & Therapist, helping you understand why we do what we do!