Low-back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability in the United States, accourding to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Among neurological ailments, only headache is more prevalent. As a body-mind exercise professional, you no doubt encounter numerous clients with varing degrees of low-back discomfort.
Recent research supports the effectiveness of Pilates exercise for low-back pain. According to a small, randomized, controlled study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (2006; 36 , 472-84), participants who practiced Pilates over a 4-week period experienced more relief from their symptoms than those who went through typical treatment programs.
In light of the growing popularity of Pilates in therapeutic settings, researchers from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, decided to test whether Pilates exercises were effective in improving the condition of patients. The investigators randomly assigned 39 active adults ages 20-55 with chronic low-back pain to either a Pilates training group or a control group. The experimental group exercised on Pilates equipment, while the control group received the usual care provided to individuals seeking medical help for low-back pain. (“Usual care” included consulting with a physician and other healthcare professionals and specialists.)
Posttesting revealed that the Pilates participants had significantly lower levels of functional disability and pain intensity than the control subjects. A year later, the Pilates participants had maintained their physical improvements.
This research underscores the importance of staying current with educational advancements in the field. The more you refine your expertise, the better able you are to help others connect with wellness on multiple levels. Make the 2007 Inner IDEA Conference® an integral part of your strategy. Located in Palm Springs, California, September 7-9, 2007, this invitation to transformation will be rich in program diversity, offering you the opportunity to explore many different types of education alternatives.
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