Treat your healthy back
In the last decade physiotherapy has adopted and adapted Pilates exercises to benefit patients with low back pain. This is a happy partnership. The expertise of the physiotherapist can reduce pain, and increase the suppleness and flexibility of the spine; and the prescriptive use of the correct Pilates exercises provides the strength to help prevent recurrences. Joseph Pilates developed the exercises and breathing to strengthen dancers, whilst maintaining fluid easy movement in the 1920s. Pilates works to strengthen the "core muscles". This means the low back muscles, the abdominal muscles, and the pelvic floor. These muscles together with the diaphragm, hold the lower trunk firm and supported, even when it is moving. This gives a strong base for all other activities-climbing, carrying, lifting, ironing, running, rowing, dancing, or sitting up straight etc. Because Pilates exercises combine controlled breathing with the exercise, the diaphragm is also used. Correct breathing benefits many conditions. The beginning Pilates exercises also strengthen postural muscles, holding the spine and shoulders correctly. When these muscles become strong, people stand and move well. People can also look much younger and fitter, reducing the middle aged stoop!