*This article is inspired by ‘How Simple Exercises May Save Your Lower Back’ (Rachel Fairbank, The New York Times, 2022).
Anyone, young or old, can, and probably will develop back pain at some point in their lives. This, dare I say, pervasive illness, is plaguing anyone with a back. So what can we do about it?
To understand how to help prevent it, it is important to understand what causes it.
Acute lower back pain is most commonly caused by the straining of a muscle that is weak or stiff. For example, if you are sitting at a desk for long periods of time, over time the muscles used to stabilise your spine, may weaken. This can be to the likes of not using your favourite pen. After a long time, the ink will eventually dry up. You may need to press harder, or it may not really work at all. Therefore, when you use it, it will not work effectively. In the body, this same concept can be applied to our muscles, only it would look like pain or even injury.
Therefore, the best line of action is to use your muscles!
A good line of prevention and treatment may involve a consistent mixture of cardio, strength, and Pilates that focuses on the core muscles.
While of course, pilates is no foolproof medicine, it is a complex and effective mode of exercise that targets three main components essential to breaking our bad back cycle: strengthening the core, promoting mind-muscle connection, and increasing overall muscle condition.