With a rise in sedentary lifestyles, spinal pain of the back and the neck has become extremely common. It is thought that around 80% of the population will experience neck or back pain at some point.
In order to minimise the risk of neck pain it is important to recognise certain risk factors such as:
- Desk jobs or anything that involves sitting for long periods of time
- Inactivity or being overweight
- Jobs involving heavy lifting, bending or twisting
- Age (people who are middle-aged or elderly are at an increased risk of developing neck or back pain)
Spinal pain can affect an individual’s quality of life drastically as not only does it adversely affect physical movement, but it interferes with your sleep. The deepest stage of sleep is usually the time where our bodies begin the healing process. Our muscles relax, their blood supply increases and growth hormone is released which helps with tissue growth and repair. However this process doesn’t occur if we are not getting a good night’s rest due to muscle pain. Therefore it is important to look after our spines to minimise the risk or occurrence of back and neck pain.
Pilates can help with this and when taught professionally it focuses your mind and your body, helping to strengthen and create core stability and proper postural alignment, and mental wellbeing. The elements of movement important for spinal health are taught in the simplest Pilates exercises, so it is necessary to get the first steps right with the help of qualified, experienced instructors.
By keeping our class sizes small our instructors have more time to focus on each individuals needs and vulnerabilities, thus teaching you the correct and safe way to maintain good spinal health.
To get a start and work towards improving your spinal health you can contact us about making a booking or by calling us on 0419 777 477 We have helped hundreds of clients in Canberra in the last 15 years manage and improve their spinal health and we look forward to assisting you.