Lower back pain is one of the top reasons people come to us. It is such a common complaint that I almost expect people to mention it and tend to ask if it is not mentioned on our induction form.
The top 3 reasons I see lower back pain:
1. Being too sedentary and sitting down too long each day.
2. Carrying small children and incorrect lifting techniques.
4. An injury or fall.
We therefore often get messages from people saying their back is playing up, they feel like they have overused it or it is aching – so they will give Pilates a miss. Which almost makes sense. Almost.
Here are my thoughts on what to do if your back is aching. Think through what you have been doing and see if you can find the cause of the pain. Have you been sitting for longer than usual, for example on a long car journey? Have you been decorating, gardening or lifting heavy objects? Have you been doing a different form of activity? Did you sleep on a different bed or in an unusual position? If the answer is yes then the pain is likely to be muscular and Pilates can actually help. Strengthening your core will help prevent further damage to your back plus mobilising the spine can help stretch it out and release tight muscles.
To help muscular back aches:
1. Keep mobilising and moving it. Sitting or lying still for too long will cause it to stiffen up.
2. Take some painkillers.
3. Come to Pilates but work at a lower level and one that does not cause you pain, make sure you tell your instructor wat has happened.
4. Soak in a hot bath.
5. See your GP/Physio if it gets worse.