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Scientists Confirm - Pilates is the BEST Cure for Back Pain

What we´ve known at absolute pilates marbella for the past decade has been confirmed by officials: Pilates can CURE lower back pain.

A study carried out by Leeds Beckett University has concluded that Pilates could be cheaper than manual therapy interventions for the condition.

Helen Llewellyn, a senior lecturer in Sports and Exercise Therapy in the School of Clinical and Applied Science at Leeds Beckett, conducted the six-week study in which participants took part in an hour of supervised Pilates exercise twice a week.

Each session included a ten-minute warm-up concentrating on movements of the trunk musculature.

Participants were then taught various Pilates movements and techniques including spine stretch, spine twist and single leg stretch.

Helen said: “Non-specific lower back pain affects one third of the UK population.

“Back pain is the leading cause of long-term sickness and accounts for more than 15 million lost work days a year with an estimated cost of £12.3 billion.

“By carrying out this research, I am looking at whether a lower cost alternative to traditional therapy should be considered.

“Whether by simply taking part in one hour’s Pilates exercise, twice a week, can help those who suffer from lower back pain.

“Pilates focuses on the principles of centring, postural alignment, co-ordination, concentration, breathing, precision and movement sequencing.

“Recently Pilates-based exercises have been increasingly incorporated into physiotherapy rehabilitation programmes and exercise has been reported as an effective strategy for the management of lower back pain.

“The results have provided sufficient trends to justify the use of a Pilates programme for the reduction of perceived functional disability and pain.

“The use of Pilates exercise could offer a cost-effective way of treating those with lower back pain.”


This comes after scientists found over-the-counter pills such as ibuprofen are rarely effective when it comes to relieving chronic back pain.

In a new study, just one patient in six achieved any significant pain relief.

Doctors said concentrating on exercise programmes to boost our core muscles, therefore strengthening the back, is much more effective.


We have have worked with many clients suffering from back issues including back surgery so while we are not suprised to read this we are glad its getting the word out. So if you or a friend have been suffering with back issues contact us and we can go through how our private pilates lessons can help resolve the issue.

We offer 1 to 1 pilates classes in Marbella, Benahavis, San Pedro de Alcantara, Puerto Banus, Nueva Andalucia, Elviria, Los Monteros, Estepona and Guadalmina.

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