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Pilates and Lower Back Pain

Struggling with lower back pain? Mistakes we commonly make in our lifetimes frequently involve moving and exercising without assuming the correct posture and stance (possibly due to inflexibility or weakness). Repeatedly performing these movements incorrectly might not be painful at first but will lead to injury if sustained.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a mat-based workout that teaches you how to use the core muscles to rebuild strength around the spine. You learn how to control movement around a neutral spine position as well as building strength in the postural muscles. There are also some specific spine mobilisations and stretches.

How can Pilates help with lower back pain?

Lower back pain causes weakness in the core stabilising muscles and also creates abnormal movement patterns. Pilates retrains the core stabilising muscles and corrects abnormal movement patterns.

…and that’s where we come in!

Our Pilates classes here at Body Consultancy are termed ‘functional’ by professionals, which means they are designed to be useful exercises to improve you in areas of strength, flexibility, balance & posture that are commonly impacted in day-to-day life, such as your lower back.

 

If you have any problems that you would like to see one of our practitioners about, contact us on 01425 839908, to book in a free 15-minute consultation.

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Managing Foot Pain

The management of foot pain can vary for each patient as the best course of action depends on the cause of the pain. In most cases, a qualified Chiropractor, Sports Therapist or Physiotherapist will be able to diagnose the problem through examination.

Physical Therapy

For pain caused by inflammation following a physical injury to the foot, an ice pack applied immediately after the incident can help to bring down the inflammation. Heat packs can be used to reduce swelling and pain for patients with arthritis and similar conditions.

Massage and acupuncture therapy both offer benefits. Massage encourages healing of the muscles and connective tissue in the feet. Acupuncture uses needles that are inserted into certain points in the body to reduce the sensation of pain.

Additionally, there are certain stretches and exercises that can help to increase the strength and flexibility of the muscles that support the foot. This is very important to prevent future injury to the foot.

Podiatry Care

For some patients, orthotics can help to support the feet properly. They are inserted inside shoes to improve the kind of foot pain that occurs when walking, running, or doing other movements with the feet. These insoles are created by the podiatrist, who molds a cast of the patient’s foot which is then inserted into the shoes. The orthotics may be constructed to be rigid, semi-rigid or soft, depending on the specific case.

Surgery

Surgery may be required for some patients with severe foot pain, particularly if it inhibits them from walking or other activities. Surgical procedures that may be recommended include:

  • Fracture repair
  • Arthroscopic debridement
  • Joint fusion
  • Osteotomy

The appropriate procedure will depend on the specific case and the nature of the foot pain. It is important for rehabilitative care to follow the surgical procedure and support the patient into recovery.

If you have any problems that you would like to see one of our practitioners about, contact us on 01425 839908, to book in a free 15-minute consultation.

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