Back pain and exercise

A major review by Sydney University has found that paracetamol does not stop lower back pain or help the ache of arthritis. Instead doctors should consider prescribing exercise. Read more in this article Paracetamol ‘does not help back pain or arthritis’.

A separate study by King’s College London, suggest that your genes may play a part in lumbar disc degeneration (LDD), which is suspected of being the number one cause of chronic lower back pain. Although everybody gets LDD at some point, not everybody gets back pain. It goes on to say “Sitting up straight and exercising won’t change the way your discs change, but they might help you develop good muscular strength to keep a pain-free spine and back.” Read more in this article: Got back pain? It could be your genes.

The NHS website says “There’s some evidence that pilates can provide pain relief to people with non-specific lower back pain.” Read more in their A guide to Pilates.

If you are thinking of starting Pilates to help with your back pain, please get in touch.