If you have a chronic stiff and achy back, it is highly likely that pilates exercise will help. If back pain limits you from playing the sports you love (like golf), pilates exercise will allow you to play harder and longer. If your chronic pain is due to specific medical diagnoses such as herniated discs or spondylolithesis, pilates exercise can help to alleviate disability in activities of daily living. Pilates is not appropriate for the treatment of acute back pain. Always get your Physician’s permission to start a new exercise program.
At LNK Pilates Studio, we see clients with chronic low back pain due to a variety of causes including herniated discs, lumbar stenosis, scoliosis, spondylolithesis, degenerative joint disease and nonspecific mechanical causes. Therapy is aimed at strengthening the muscles that support the spine, lengthening and strengthening opposing muscles groups, restoring functional flexibility and enhancing neuromuscular coordination.
Let’s take them one at a time. The first goal is to strengthen the muscles that support the spine. Muscles protect the joints from moving past an acceptable range of motion. Core muscles stabilize the spine, and the shoulder & hip girdles. Core muscles protect all the little joints that make up the entire length of the spine including the low back. Without a strong core, the back is much more vulnerable to shear and compressive forces from athletic endeavors or from activities of daily living.
The second goal is to lengthen and strengthen opposing muscle groups and restore posture and balance. A balanced spine wears well. Postural imbalances that cause stress in the spine create aberrant movement patterns. Over time, accumulative stresses and strains result in degenerative joint disease and disability. It is never too late to work on your posture.
The third goal is to restore functional flexibility to the spine. The spine needs to move efficiently through flexion, extension, rotation and side bending. Finally, Pilates exercise helps you to better understand how your body should move properly (neuromuscular coordination) in order to prevent further acute back episodes.
For treatment of chronic back pain, we recommend 50 minute sessions twice a week. Some cessation of discomfort is frequently seen within a month of starting pilates exercise, but three to six months is generally needed to functionally improve core strength.
I have taken yoga and Pilates classes from Stephanie for many years, and I can say that she is terrific. Her background in physical medicine and rehab makes her uniquely qualified to instruct and coach with a focus in balanced strengthening, proper alignment, and prevention of injury. I enjoy the low key environment at the studio, and have made many friends in her classes.
My experience with SDK Pilates has been outstanding. All of the instructors have been knowledgeable and welcoming. All levels of fitness and capabilities are embraced, addressed and challenged. Individual needs are seamlessly met with in the class. Every class is different and I always walk out feeling better than when I walked in. I take Pilates twice a week and wish I could take it every day!
I have been a client of Stephanie’s for several years. What I think makes her stand out from other studios is that she was a doctor & understands each individual clients bodies. The new studio is airy spacious & calming
SDK Pilates is great! So far I’ve taken Pilates classes with Steph and Nancy, and I’m looking forward to Yoga with Mark. Currently working on core strengthening, shoulder mechanics, overall conditioning, and my golf game.
SDK Pilates is wonderful! I have been taking classes from Stephanie for a number of years and thoroughly enjoy both her Pilates and therapeutic yoga sessions. Her training as a doctor enables her to work around physical limitations and injuries and strengthen weaknesses. She has helped me immensely with chronic shoulder issues. The fun nature of the classes, the camaraderie of the attendees and the great workout make SDK classes my favorite way to exercise!
I love the classes and instructors at SDK Pilates! Stephanie, the owner, has been a tremendous help to me with understanding challenges I face with a bad hip. Her expertise and medical background have helped me select exercises that are appropriate for me and I have learned there are still plenty of things that I can do to strengthen my body! At other places, I sometimes overdid my workouts (and hurt myself) – SDK’s instructors have helped me increase my flexibility and strengthen my body in a s…
Pilates has been a wonderful experience both physically and mentally – it relieves stress and gets your body in a “can do” spirit to stretch and feel good. The instructors are the best and the people I’ve met in class are fun to be with. Friendships develop. I will do this forever!