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How Pilates Makes Your Spine Stronger

By Sara Butler

You’re probably familiar by now with the exercise called Pilates. It’s famous for its toning and shaping exercises to create strong bodies, but did you also know that Pilates helps to ease back pain and prevent injuries? It does! Due to this, it has several connections to your chiropractic health. Here’s what you need to know about Pilates and how it can help to improve your overall as well as your chiropractic health!

The Spine and the Core

The core muscles are located in your abdomen. You’ve probably noticed them on bodybuilders, as it’s the area where you’ll find their “six-pack abs.” Well, don’t worry – you don’t need a six pack to have a strong core that supports a healthy spine. You simply need to work those muscles in order to tone them so they can become stronger and help to counterbalance the load on your spine.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a set of exercises that focus on strength building from the core. It places importance on what is called "neutral spinal alignment" – a term you may have heard your chiropractor throw around from time to time! That means that Pilates really focuses on keeping your spine in correct alignment anatomically and works on strengthening muscles in order to support that. When the core is strong and alignment is right, then there is less of a chance of injury from joint dysfunction or restriction. Basically, Pilates has the same goal as the chiropractor – to keep you and your spine healthy and functioning at its best!

Pilates also has the great side effect of improving flexibility and balance along with strength. People who suffer from disc herniation, scoliosis, strains, sprains, osteoarthritis and other chronic conditions have found Pilates to be a great help in dealing with pain related to these conditions. Just as your chiropractor does, Pilates works simply because it helps to address underlying muscle imbalance that ultimately leads to back pain.

Pilates also helps to address posture issues. A common posture problem that many people are guilty of is a tucked pelvis. This is the tendency to either tilt or tuck the pelvis when walking and sitting, effectively creating muscle weakness and imbalance that leads to lower back pain. By making you more aware of your posture and your body, Pilates helps you to resolves these issues through strength.

The bottom line is that Pilates is a great complement to chiropractic care in your life and it’s something you can proactively do along with visiting the chiropractor to improve your spinal and overall health. When your body is strong and flexible, then the rest of it will just fall into place for you!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pasadena, Tex.


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