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Pilates for Back Pain.

Pilates for Back Pain

Effects of Pilates exercise programs in people with chronic low back pain: a systematic review.

Abstract: Patti A1, Bianco A, Paoli A, Messina G, Montalto MA, Bellafiore M, Battaglia G, Iovane A, Palma A.

The Pilates method has recently  become a fast-growing popular way of exercise recommended for healthy individuals and those engaged in rehabilitation. Several published studies have examined the effects of Pilates method in  people with chronic low back pain (LBP).


The objective of this study is to describe and provide an extensive overview of the scientific literature comparing the effectiveness of the Pilates method on pain and disability in patients with chronic nonspecific LBP. The study is based on the data from the following sources: MEDLINE-NLM, MEDLINE-EBSCO, Scopus Elsevier, Cochrane, DOAJ, SciELO, and PLOSONE. Original articles and systematic  reviews of adults with chronic nonspecific LBP that evaluated pain and/or disability were included in this study; studies in which the primary treatment was based on Pilates  method exercises compared with no treatment, minimal intervention, other types of intervention, or other types of exercises.

The Preferred Reporting Items for  Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) were adopted. The literature search included 7 electronic databases and the reference list of relevant systematic reviews and original articles to July 2014. Two independent investigators conducted the literature search and performed the synthesis as follows: Study Design; Sample (n); Disability measure; Intervention; and Main results.

The searches identified a total of 128 articles. From these, 29 were considered eligible and were included in the analysis. The items were    stratified as follows: Pilates method versus other kind of exercises (n = 6 trials) and Pilates method versus no treatment group or minimal intervention for short-term pain (n = 9 trials); the therapeutic effect of the Pilates method in randomized cohorts (n = 5); and analysis of reviews (n = 9).

We found that there is a dearth of studies that clearly demonstrates the efficacy of a specific Pilates exercise program over another in the treatment of chronic pain.

However, the consensus in the field suggests that Pilates method is more effective than minimal physical exercise intervention in reducing pain.


Physio Professionals Pilates classes are currently held at the Caloundra Clinic.

With an emphasis on core conditioning, breathing and body awareness, Pilates exercise is a safe and highly effective way to stretch, strengthen and streamline your body without building bulk or  stressing your joints. Performed on a mat or         specialised equipment, Pilates is a fitness regime for life. The perfect complement to cardiovascular      exercise, sport, rehab and life, Pilates will leave you looking toned, feeling revitalised and moving with ease.


Benefits include:

  • Toning
  • Weight Loss
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Improved posture
  • Improved core stability
  • Performance enhancement

Pilates is beneficial for a wide range of problems, including:

  • Back pain / Neck pain / Shoulder problems / Hip and knee pain
  • Arthritis
  • Rehabilitation from injuries
  • Rehabilitation pre and post orthopedic surgery
  • Neurological problems e.g. rehab from stroke or head injury, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease
  • Pre and Post pregnancy
  • Elite athletes / Dancers / Sports Performance


All classes have a maximum of only 4 people per class to ensure one-on-one attention and to target    individual requirements.

Pilates Schedule as at Monday the 6th July 2015

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