Targeted, active movement is often the most effective way to prevent and relieve back pain.

Breaking the vicious circle of back pain


How did you feel last when everyday life took over and work grew over your head? Did it seem difficult to recover merely from short breaks? Perhaps your exhaustion manifested itself in nagging physical complaints such as headaches, achy limbs or even worse, back pain.

What is back pain and how does it develop?

The intensity of back pain can range from a dull, constant pain to a sudden, sharp feeling that makes you unable to move. Back pain can begin abruptly as the result of an unexpected stress – like an accident or lifting something heavy – or it can develop over time due to repetitive and undesirable postural habits. A sedentary lifestyle with a lack of variable movement and degenerative changes in the spine (natural wear over time) can also create the conditions for back pain.

How is back pain treated?

To spare oneself and refrain from physical activity may seem the right approach for dealing with back pain. Many feel that by resting we avoid further efforts and exertion in order to be able to give our fullest again. But instead of avoiding activity and surrendering to back pain, there are easy-to-use guidelines recommended by scientists.

The treatment of back pain depends on whether the pain is acute or chronic. Most back pain is short-term (acute) and lasts from a few days to a few weeks. It tends to resolve itself without a loss of function when appropriate self-care measures are taken. Subacute back pain defines pain that lasts between 4 and 12 weeks. Chronic back pain is pain that lasts 12 weeks or longer. Back pain is rarely associated with serious diseases (tumours, infections, Cauda Equina syndrome). However, if these occur they must be treated immediately.

For all other non-specific back pain, it is recommended to remain active, apply heat, be reassured and maintain an exercise program. Such a program can be based on strength-building and flexibility exercises like Pilates to develop a dynamic posture and muscle balance. The approach is actually simple.

Can Pilates help?

Performing Pilates exercises can help to relieve back pain. In an initial consultation with a comprehensively qualified Pilates trainer, an individual training program is established to address the respective needs of the client. The natural healing process of the body is promoted through a combination of strength, flexibility and mobility training. Back pain, stiffness and discomfort are almost always reduced.

With patience, time and the necessary diligence, one develops optimum movement strategies that keep nagging back pain at bay. The body can maintain it’s balance.

Moving with purpose assists non-specific back pain!