“Lumbar Degeneration” is the intimidating term for a sore and stiff lower back, usually caused by normal wear and tear on the spine. If you have lumbar degeneration, you may have been told that the cause of your pain is arthritis or just aging, and that your only option is to treat the symptoms and cope with the problem indefinitely. However, what many doctors won’t tell you is that there is a simple solution to back pain. It’s not surgery, it’s not drugs, and it’s not weekly sessions with a chiropractor for the rest of your life. On the contrary, it’s taking matters into your own hands and healing your body from the inside out.
Yes, that’s right. You can take matters into your own hands and heal your own body.
The author of the new book Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery says that after six years of searching to rectify her “degenerative disc disease,” the thing that finally brought her to recovery was intensive, directed exercise. She also notes that it can’t just be any exercise that you do on your own. You need to work with someone who understands the true nature of back pain who closely monitors and supervises you. She refers to this dedicated professional as a “back whisperer.”
This, of course, is one of the most basic definitions of physical therapy. It’s also something that can be achieved with even greater success through learning and practicing Pilates. Back problems often occur due to poor movement patterns and habits, and because of weakness in the glutes, thighs, and low back muscles. Once you learn what habits you needs to break and how to move in ways that won’t irritate your back, developing a strong core is the next and most essential step.
Pilates is the perfect full-body, core-strengthening exercise, and it’s so low impact that it doesn’t pose a threat to individuals with more severe back pain. Under the guidance of a certified and specially-trained professional, you can move at your own pace but also receive correction, advice, and be certain that you are performing the movements accurately. Pilates builds deep core strength from the inside out- not just in your abdominals, where most people focus, but also on the often neglected back muscles that support and protect your spine. It also lengthens your spine, improves posture, and is safe on joints. Back pain is a $100 billion a year industry because MRIs, injections, surgeries, and opioids are all easy to sell. Physical therapy and exercise systems like Pilates simply aren’t advertised- not because they’re ineffective, but because they’re inexpensive. They aren’t the “quick-fix” you’ve been lead to believe exists and they give you the power to be in control of your own health long-term. That’s not something the billion dollar back industry wants you to know about…
Is all of this sounding a little too familiar?
Here’s your opportunity to take charge of your own recovery and get back to a pain-free lifestyle. Check out our website here to request a FREE Discovery Session, or click here to get started with Pilates! We even offer a free Pilates “taster session” so that you can see firsthand why we love it so much.