Pros & Cons of Pilates & Yoga | Back Pain Relief

Pros & Cons of Pilates & Yoga | Back Pain Relief

Yoga and pilates are two wonderful exercise
programs that are gaining more and more popularity, I’m finding, and patients often have questions
in regards to their yoga and their pilates. Should they be doing it while their back condition
is flaring up, and what are the pros and cons. Well, the simple answer is that if you’re
suffering from acute or some sort of unstable back condition you’re probably going to want
to stay away from yoga and pilates. The big reason is if you’re already suffering
with the pain, and the pain is often due to a pressure imbalance on the spine, when you
go and take the class you’re probably going to be pushing those tissues that are injured
in the wrong direction sort of increasing the pressure on those tissues with all the
flexion and the flexion rotation poses that are involved. So, alone those services are not going to
flare up the back, but combined with the day to day stresses of sitting, bending, and carrying
that’s often just too much for the patient. It’s not recommended during these acute phases. I usually, however, will get the patient back
to doing these yoga and pilates moves especially during the second and third phases of their
recovery. As the tissue is healed and now needs to be
stressed in different directions and different forces, that’s when they become very beneficial. So, somewhere in the three to four week, not
day, but three to four week post-aggravation or injury is it probably going to be appropriate
to start returning to those disciplines. If you’re in a physical therapy program the
therapist will guide you better. But, in general, you’re going to want to wait
a few weeks before returning to those sports. It’s just a little too much pressure on the
spinal discs and on the joint capsules, and it’s really promoting the wrong forces on
those tissues during that special acute phase of the injury.

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