So, we know that movement is good, but exercises that focus on core strengthening have no special power to alleviate or prevent back pain. And for some kinds of back pain, certain core exercises can aggravate your pain in the short term. When back pain is bad, most patients don’t need their movement regimented by highly specific core control exercise. In fact, what they need is permission and guidance to move in a creative way that helps ease discomfort and builds their self-confidence.
Once your pain has resolved, it’s a great idea to condition your back to be able to tolerate dynamic activity. If you love Pilates, fantastic! Keep doing it. Or, do yoga, or swimming, or Barre, or dance, or F45, or powerlifting. Probably the most important thing is that you enjoy your exercise, otherwise you won’t be consistent long-term.
If you don’t enjoy any exercise yet, you’ll have to learn to enjoy something. 🙂 Of course, if you are experiencing a new episode of back pain, be sure to consult with your osteopath before starting an exercise regimen that could potentially aggravate it.
PS: If you want to know if your core muscles are functioning, see if you can blow up a packet of balloons.