Grateful for movement

Back extension is a type of stabilization exercise used in back rehabilitation programs that involves bending the spine backwards… Movements that utilize back extension include standing, walking and prone press-up type exercises. I was told several years ago I would never be able to do this move, never horse ride again and my near future had a new hip in it! I was in constant pain too. Not the case now I use functional movement and have body awareness .

With back pain, you often may feel like resting, but moving is good for your back. It’s also good for your mental health, which gets a beating when movement is restricted and pain is consistent. Exercises for lower back pain can strengthen back, stomach, and leg muscles. They help support your spine and relieving back pain. But of course always ask your health care professional before doing any exercise for back pain.

Back extensions like the one shown are ONLY safe, IF proper technique is utilized throughout the movement, therefore at Cores & Effect we spend the time teaching correct movement patterns and building up enough strength and awareness to ensure you are safe and working in your personal Range of motion (which is different for everyone!)

The Pilates exercises that are frequently recommended to help prevent and decrease back pain, including low back pain include those for extension. They strengthen core support for the back, teach good alignment, and provide gentle stretches for tight back muscles.

If you currently have back pain, consult with your healthcare practitioner before undertaking any exercise program.

You should also note:

If you are new to Pilates or your back is fragile at the moment, you might be better served to work with the fundamental exercises-first like The Tool Kit class we offer (we also have the Tool Kit book packed with information and many exercises) which will be a positive step forward to create a strong foundation and knowledge of function movement.

We Cover so many aspects of movement like – Breath! Yes, breath is pretty critical, activating the supportive core muscles of your trunk (among many other benefits, like keeping you alive). Being attentive to symmetry and balance. We do all these exercises mindfully. Go super slow, always being gentle, and don’t do anything that hurts.

Please read below for a recent review from our local physiotherapist Steve Resta:

‘The Toolkit is a great resource either as a primer for those new to Pilates or as a refresher for those already familiar with this worthwhile regime. The step by step instruction along with the ability to view videos of the exercises makes it easy to follow and execute the movements successfully. The Cores and Effect team have also provided fundamental information regarding the recent advances of neuroscience related to pain and how it can effect movement. This will undoubtedly assist the user to truly understand the importance of integrating this material to help restore and optimize essential movement patterns throughout the body. The Toolkit ensures all users a safe foundation for the development of more advanced mobility, flexibility and strength work required for optimal physical function during activities of daily living, sport, work and play.’

Steve Resta
B.Sc. PT, FCAMPT, CGIMS




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