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Pilates can Ease Back Pain

Pilates can Ease Back Pain

Those with chronic lower back pain who practiced Pilates for just four weeks experienced more relief than those who visited a physician and other specialists.

A stronger core equals a better back, says Tracy Zindell, Flex Pilates Chicago (http://www.flexpilateschicago.com) founder and master instructor. That's why those with chronic lower back pain who practiced Pilates for just four weeks experienced more relief than those who visited a physician and other specialists, says a Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy study. What's more, their pain stayed away for a full year post-Pilates. Researchers believe that by stabilizing the core's lumbar-pelvic (lower-back) region, Pilates alleviates stress on the area and ups mobility.

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