Here’s some feedback from one of my Pilates ladies…. Pilates has been pretty amazing for her, not only has her pain reduced and her mobility improved but she has lost toned up and her pelvic floor muscles have strengthened.
“With regards my back, I have been suffering with problems since July 2003. I initially hurt it bending over to lift up a laptop at work, and on other occasions, just simply getting up from a sofa, sneezing, getting washing out of the washing machine or just turning have been enough to start an episode. In the past, I have also suffered with a trapped nerve, leading to sciatica down my left leg and have often found myself laid up for a week, unable to go to work as the pain was so intense. The chiropractor diagnosed it as sacroiliac joint injury and I have attended whenever problems have flared up ever since 2003.
The most recent episode was last February, when I hurt my back loading A3 photocopier paper into the lowest drawer on the machine. I was unable to move without assistance, was taken home and had to have 3 days off work on painkillers. After this, I was seeing the chiropractor every week fortnightly, the chiropractor felt that there was a need for further action. She suggested I start Pilates classes and that if this didn’t help after a few weeks, she would book me in for an x-ray to see if there was any obvious damage to my lower spine. At this point, although I was not experiencing acute pain, I had low-level pain on a daily basis, coupled with regular painful muscle spasms in my back which seemed to occur for no reason and was unable to perform routine tasks, such as dressing, unaided.
I then started Pilates with Priya. Within two weeks, I was noticing an effect and was able to bend / lift my legs more easily. I am now able to dress myself and can (with care) do tasks such as loading and unloading the washing machine / dishwasher. I am no longer seeing the Chiropractor at all. I have also noticed a big improvement in my pelvic floor muscles and no longer have ’embarrassments’ when I cough or sneeze! My husband has commented on the reduction in size of my stomach and I have begun to notice a line of muscle running down my abdomen that I have never seen before!”