Pilates is important for the body’s flexibility, especially for the back. As we age, the spinal column tends to become brittle and can lead to disorders such as sciatica and osteoporosis. Because Pilates focuses on keeping the spine neutral during various exercises, back-centric exercises are useful for maintaining both flexibility and back support.
One of the key concepts of Pilates is strengthening the core and improving posture. Core muscles (that can be easily imagined as a box with the top part at the bottom of the ribcage and the bottom part in line with the bottom of your pelvis and the sides of this box corresponding to the front, back and lateral parts of your midsection) are vital in keeping your back pain free and helping you recover after a back injury. If you already have a back injury you should talk to your doctor before starting a Pilates DVD workout or take several private classes in a nearby Pilates studio.
If you suffer from lower back tension, neck pain, shoulder tension and upper back discomfort then Pilates workouts will be most beneficial to you. All videos presented in this section focus on strengthening your core muscles while being gentle to your back. Most Pilates for Back workouts are performed at a very slow pace and incorporate Mind & Body techniques that will help you connect to your body and eliminate or ease the cause of the pain.