Pilates can be as helpful as regular exercise for general back pain
Pilates was noted to be as good for easing low back ache as a frequent health routine, a investigation found.
Lower back ache influences many people and in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Health, United States 2006" stated, general back irritation was one of the most common pain-related complaints. But as the writers in this study reported, there is discussion regarding which is more beneficial for pain relief: broad exercise or specific, individually advised workouts.
Australian investigators randomly assigned 44 people to a Pilates routine and 43 people to a general exercise program for six weeks. All ranged in age from 18 to 70 and had experienced chronic general back pain for at least three months. In general the research subjects were somewhat overweight, had a extensive history of back ache and about a third were being perscribed medication for their condition.
Both health routines were done twice a week for an hour, and lasted six weeks. Both were observed, but the Pilate Exercises
group got personal direction based on their needs that involved exercises on the reformer and trapeze equipment and emphasized exercise movement precision, breathing control, trunk stability and posture alignment.
The frequent exercise team were given common routines that included cardiovascular exercise, stretching, strength training and body toning and resistance. Volunteers in both groups were also given exercises to do on their own at home.
They received questionnaires at six, 12 and 24 weeks that pertained to pain and function and general health-related quality of life.
After six weeks both subjects showed considerable improvements in pain and disability in contrast with the opening of the research, but the Pilates group had a small advantage over the broad fitness subjects.
At the opening of the experiment researchers believed the Pilates group may see more improvements than the broad fitness group. The similar results, they state, could be due to the fact that some subjects with general back pain might respond better to Pilates exercises than some subjects, however the groups were very similar to note differences. Additionally, since both workout regimens had back exercises they might have been too much alike.