Research into the complex nature of spinal stability has established that, essentially, we have two types of muscle groups which contribute to the controlled movement of our spine in day to day life.
More specifically, we have one group that produces movement (the ‘superficial’ or ‘movement’ muscles), and another group that provides the control for these movements (the ‘deep’ or ‘core’ muscles).
Pilates exercises focus on activating these core muscles, and then retraining them to support the spine as the ‘movement’ muscles act to move our bodies. In this way, pilates has been proven to be an effective method for strengthening the spine, improving posture, and reducing the risk of future back pain or injury.
Pilates is a popular exercise form which embodies many of the principles of back care and postural education which have been proven by physiotherapists through scientific research to reduce back pain and optimise spinal and joint health.