The next time you have lower back pain, roll out a mat and try some Pilates exercises. There are many moves that work wonders for instant lower back pain relief, and others that help strengthen the surrounding muscles so your back hurts less over time.
As you may know, the lower back is prone to muscle tightness and muscle weakness — two issues that can lead to pain, says Jacquline Hinton, Pilates instructor at Good Body Pilates Studio. “Some Pilates exercises help relieve lower back pain because they strengthen and stretch areas that may not have moved much, [especially] of a sedentary lifestyle,” she tells Bustle. “The movement lubricates the muscles and joints to make room for the muscles and joints to move properly and not just sit on top of each other.”
Proper body alignment is also essential for lower back health, says Amy Jordan, Master Trainer and CEO of WundaBar Pilates. Your lower back can start hurting if you tend to stand with your hips too far forward or your pelvis tucked in, she says. “Both take you out of optimal alignment for breathing and function, which causes long-term pain,” Jordan told Bustle. And this is where the benefits of Pilates for improving posture come into play.
To stay in top working order — and get rid of lower back pain — Jordan recommends doing certain Pilates exercises three to four times a week to keep everything strong and in place. Keep scrolling through some of the best options and say goodbye to those pesky back pains.
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Jacquline Hinton, Pilates teacher at Good Body Pilates Studio
Amy Jordan, Master Trainer, CEO of WundaBar Pilates
Albina Katzman, Pilates Instructor
Jessica Roberts, NCPT, National Master Trainer at Club Pilates
Jessica O’Toole, Pilates Instructor, Owner of Willow Tree Pilates Studio
Lesley Logan, Online Pilates Instructor
Robin Long, Founder and CEO of Lindywell Online Pilates App