Nat­u­ral Rx for back pain

First For Women - - Health -

Prac­tic­ing Pi­lates can help ease lower-back pain and the re­sult­ing loss of func­tion and mo­bil­ity it causes, say re­searchers in the United King­dom. In a small study, peo­ple with chronic lower-back pain who did Pi­lates—a work­out em­pha­siz­ing flex­i­bil­ity, core strength and con­trolled move­ments—twice a week for six weeks had a 42 per­cent im­prove­ment in func­tion and a 27 per­cent re­duc­tion in pain. The au­thors credit Pi­lates’ fo­cus on pos­tural align­ment and ex­er­cises that en­gage the lower back. For an at-home DVD to learn the moves, try Pop Pi­lates Total Body Work­out, $26,

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