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karlene
26th May 2008, 09:05 PM
Hi,
I thought I would leave a note just to say how much Pilates has helped with my back pain. I have been doing it now for 7weeks and I havent had back pain for ages!!! Its really helped with the pain although it wont "cure" me I feel a million times better and my posture has even improved a bit!! Thought I would spread the news and recommend it!!

Karlene :-)

GillyG
26th May 2008, 10:15 PM
Thanks for the info :-) Does anyone know if pilates can be safely used if you have a fused spine?

alyssa
9th June 2008, 08:55 PM
I think it's fine Gilly, Mr Lam suggested that I do it and it helps so much. Althought I am fused in a different place to you so I'm not sure. xx

MOB
10th June 2008, 01:13 PM
Hi
I have been doing Pilates for over a year now. It has helped me too but before I started the pilates I had to get a letter from physiotherapist to say that I could attend pilates classes. I started out with level 1 pilates and I have moved up to level 2. There are one or two exercises i find difficult to do but the instructor keeps and eye on me throughout the classes. I feel great after each session.

Muriel

carolad
10th June 2008, 02:11 PM
Thats great to hear its helped with your back pain Karlene and MOB. Can I just ask how long it was before you felt the benefits?

I keep reading how pilates is excellent for back pain, and I did a 6 week basic pilates course taught by an NHS physio. The only thing is I felt it made my pain worse so I didn't bother keeping it up afterwards. I do some other 'core stability' exercises now - floor exercises and using the exercise ball, and I seem to be able to tolerate those better. But I just wonder why the pilates didn't seem to help me, when I know they have been great for so many others. Maybe I gave up too soon and should persisted a bit longer before giving up!

Another thing I was thinking of trying was yoga - anyone tried this?

mark
10th June 2008, 04:47 PM
I'm really pleased you have found a way to manage your pain, a lot of our members practice Pilates and great to read such positive feed back on it

mark

alyssa
10th June 2008, 06:37 PM
It does help with pain with me as you are strengthening the core muscles that support the spine. So it's really good, as in my MRI mr Lam suggested Pilates as he pointed to me that he could see quite a lot of fat and not enough muscle to support my spine.
I have been doing it for a couple of months now and it's helped strengthen my muscles so far. I'm not saying I dont have bad days... like today I'm in agony, I went to physio and really worked out then sat in a pub on a hard seat that didn't support my back at all!
That's why I want to keep on with the pilates because I need some muscle supporting my bones and spine and what-not.
I would highly reccomend Pilates to anyone suffering with the same sort of back pain as me.
Lyssie xx

GillyG
10th June 2008, 09:38 PM
Hmm ... must look into this Pilates lark ...

mark
16th June 2008, 09:10 PM
Mee too Gilly, Me too :cleader:

alyssa
17th June 2008, 07:16 PM
those are pretty pom-poms mark! hehe

mark
17th June 2008, 10:16 PM
:bdance:

Bows
18th June 2008, 08:16 PM
WOW Mark,
Is that your pilates? Thats Fantastic
:dance:

bluestone
6th August 2008, 09:52 PM
My dr has reccomended pilates but I feel a little nervous about doing it as I am in so much pain with my neck at the moment.I do feel I need to strengthen my back though.

cork_lass
7th August 2008, 09:27 AM
Muriel where did you do your pilates classes. I'm finding it hard to find classes in Cork. I've been waiting 3 months to get an appointment with a physiotherapist, but the health system in Cork is useless.
Thanks Mary

Debbie1979
7th August 2008, 10:13 PM
I'd love to give pilates a go but cant find a class in my town either :( i considered just buying a dvd or something but then thought it probably wasnt such a good idea lol!

One thing i have read is that alot of people with similar spinal problems do Belly Dancing!!!! and they says it helps, tho obviously its not guaranteed.

How much fun would that be if only i was brave enough to put my belly on show lol!!! :p

MOB
9th August 2008, 07:47 PM
Muriel where did you do your pilates classes. I'm finding it hard to find classes in Cork. I've been waiting 3 months to get an appointment with a physiotherapist, but the health system in Cork is useless.
Thanks Mary

I go to a place nearby called the elbow room www.the-elbowroom.com (http://www.the-elbowroom.com) but before i started the classes they asked for a letter from physio to say i could do pilates. I have been attending pilates classes for over a year now. I have noticed a huge improvement in back muscles etc.

MOB

mark
9th August 2008, 07:56 PM
Thats great news Muriel, i'm so pleased to read it is helping :)

Buffalowilliam
11th August 2008, 03:26 PM
I do both pilates and yoga. Also my physio is really into pilates so all the excercises I do with him are pilates or pilates-inspired. Think pilates is probably the best excercise you can do for a kyphosis as you can concentrate on strengthening the deep muscles that directly support the spine. If you can afford it (I can't!) it'd probably be best to go to personal pilates classes, one on one, so they can focus on that. I find that with all excercises classes there's SOMETHING that I can't do and always feel like a lemon sat in the middle of a class watching.

Yoga is my personal favourite ... excercises the back and I feel AMAZING afterwards. Plus you don't have to concentrate so much like you do with pilates. When I excercise I like to feel the burn and not have to think too much. I do mostly Ashtanga yoga but have started doing some research and am very interested in doing Bikram as more than any other yoga it is supposed to be able to 'cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body'. I'm sceptical but its got to be worth a try! A testimonial from http://www.bikramyoga.com/:

After 13 years of going from doctor to doctor for issues of chronic spinal/ abdominal pain, I was finally diagnosed with Scheuermans Disease, a degenerative disc disease . The pain progressed until it appeared I wouldn't be able to work anymore, due to the high dose of narcotics I needed to deal with it. I finally had a Morphine pump implanted in the spine that delivers 24/7 morphine. It allows me to keep working, though I still have some pain. I never thought that I would be able to do anything but walk, slowly, again.
Eighteen months ago, I started Bikram Yoga. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my back was able to relax in the heat. Muscles I never thought I had started to strengthen and lengthen. I had never been able to lift my grandson as it would aggravate the pain. But ,now,I am proud to say I can pick him up for a short time, without back pain! He weighs 35 pounds. I feel more normal and not so fragile anymore and am even planning some hiking with friends. I am so happy!

I also have been able to turn the pump down by 7% because my back is stronger and doesn't injure so easily. I never even hoped I would be able to do this. Who knows, one day, maybe I can have it removed! Bikram Yoga is the one exercise I can do that doesnt injure me. I am so grateful that the Bend class was available. Thanks , again, for all you do to keep it going!

--Vicki Raines - Bend, Oregon

carolad
11th August 2008, 04:48 PM
I do both pilates and yoga. Also my physio is really into pilates so all the excercises I do with him are pilates or pilates-inspired. Think pilates is probably the best excercise you can do for a kyphosis as you can concentrate on strengthening the deep muscles that directly support the spine. If you can afford it (I can't!) it'd probably be best to go to personal pilates classes, one on one, so they can focus on that. I find that with all excercises classes there's SOMETHING that I can't do and always feel like a lemon sat in the middle of a class watching.

Yoga is my personal favourite ... excercises the back and I feel AMAZING afterwards. Plus you don't have to concentrate so much like you do with pilates. When I excercise I like to feel the burn and not have to think too much. I do mostly Ashtanga yoga but have started doing some research and am very interested in doing Bikram as more than any other yoga it is supposed to be able to 'cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body'. I'm sceptical but its got to be worth a try! A testimonial from http://www.bikramyoga.com/:

After 13 years of going from doctor to doctor for issues of chronic spinal/ abdominal pain, I was finally diagnosed with Scheuermans Disease, a degenerative disc disease . The pain progressed until it appeared I wouldn't be able to work anymore, due to the high dose of narcotics I needed to deal with it. I finally had a Morphine pump implanted in the spine that delivers 24/7 morphine. It allows me to keep working, though I still have some pain. I never thought that I would be able to do anything but walk, slowly, again.
Eighteen months ago, I started Bikram Yoga. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my back was able to relax in the heat. Muscles I never thought I had started to strengthen and lengthen. I had never been able to lift my grandson as it would aggravate the pain. But ,now,I am proud to say I can pick him up for a short time, without back pain! He weighs 35 pounds. I feel more normal and not so fragile anymore and am even planning some hiking with friends. I am so happy!

I also have been able to turn the pump down by 7% because my back is stronger and doesn't injure so easily. I never even hoped I would be able to do this. Who knows, one day, maybe I can have it removed! Bikram Yoga is the one exercise I can do that doesnt injure me. I am so grateful that the Bend class was available. Thanks , again, for all you do to keep it going!


--Vicki Raines - Bend, Oregon


What a wonderful inspiring post! Thats fantastic you have been able to get back some quality of life again :D And thats down to you not accepting things as they were and doing your best to help yourself - big pat on the back for Vicki :niceone:

I'm with you on the yoga by the way - I do pilates and yoga and have found yoga to be more help with my pain. Still do pilates too though since everyone tells me its good for me! And it seems from the posts here that a lot of people do find pilates helps, so there must be something in it.

cork_lass
12th August 2008, 09:40 AM
Thanks Muriel, I think I will have to ring the hospital again and find out why I still haven't been given an appointment for an MRI scan as I'm waiting since January. When this is done I must go back to the specialist to find out is it ok for my to do Physio or pilates.