How Pilates Can Improve Your Posture
The spine is greatly affected by posture, and having poor posture or “alignment “ can lead to back problems down the line. Chronic bad posture oftentimes leads to chronic back pain. In addition, long-term bad posture can spark other health issues such as fatigue, tightness in your muscles, stiffness in your joints, and pain all around. You may not feel any significant changes day to day, but over time bad posture can cause structural damage to your spinal vertebrae and joints. Before your posture gets worse, it can help to practice some Pilates.
Pilates is an exercise program that focuses on developing core strength and balance. Some of the individual exercises can be challenging at first, but sticking to it can drastically improve your posture, reducing the possibility that you will experience all those negative effects. The key muscles strengthened by Pilates are the very ones responsible for supporting your posture. The abdominal, back, and pelvic muscles can all benefit from Pilates if the proper form is followed.
Why should I be concerned about posture?
As stated, the negative effects of poor posture that occur in your body happen gradually and without notice. It takes several months maybe even years to realize that you are experiencing pain and all kinds of health concerns and you may not even know why. As you age, poor posture is responsible for several discomforts, including:
- A limited range of motion
- Increased pain in the shoulders, arms, hands, and more
- Decreased lung capacity
- Low back pain
- Nerve interference
- Improper bowel function
Bad posture can even make you look older as the poor position becomes more pronounced. On the flip side, good posture can have several benefits:
- Increased range of motion
- Improved muscle function
- Reduced pressure on compressed organs
- Better circulation
- Allows your muscles, bones, and bowels to move and function as intended
- Can radiate a confident attitude and youthful appearance
Pilates Exercises to Support Proper Alignment
Some of the top exercises in Pilates to help you retrain your spine include:
- Pelvic Curls
- Pilates Plank
- Roll ups
Finding Neutral Spine
All of these can be performed using nothing but a mat. To learn more about Pilates, it helps to find a qualified instructor with a strong reputation amongst back patients. To alleviate chronic back pain, you should seek an informed medical opinion. At The Spine Institute, we utilize the most up-to-date techniques to diagnose and treat your pain. Call 973-538-4444 to book an appointment with us.