Sitting for long hours could result in severe back and neck pain. In fact, an inactive lifestyle tends to increase aches in the back and neck due to lack of movement in these areas.
One can even develop improper posture, further resulting in a back hunch. To avoid recurrent back and neck pains, one can try pilates as a form of exercise to curb spinal aches.
Pilates, a fitness method that strengthens the core, including the back, has been widely recognised for its positive effects on alleviating back and neck pain, especially those caused by prolonged sitting.
This is particularly relevant in today’s digital age where many individuals spend long hours hunched over computers and mobile devices, leading to what is commonly referred to as “Tech Neck.”
The core in Pilates includes not just the belly, but also the back, pelvic floor and even the diaphragm.
By strengthening these areas, Pilates can help keep your back sturdy and supple, reducing the risk of pain and discomfort. Research has shown that Pilates can be effective in reducing pain and improving functional outcomes in patients with chronic low back pain.
Kavita Prakash, Founder & Principal Teacher of Level Up – a Pilates platform – told IndiaToday.in that correct sitting postures and exercises which help in the treatment of spine movements ultimately reduce the risk of chronic back and neck pain.
“The controlled breathing techniques used in Pilates encourage relaxation and tension release in the neck and shoulders. This alleviates postural issues and promotes a sense of overall comfort and well-being,” said Kavita.
Pilates exercises such as the Swan or Swimming can counteract some of the negative effects of device use by strengthening the back and allowing the muscles responsible for spinal flexion to stretch and relax.
Joint Replacement, Ujala Cygnus Central Hospital, Haldwani, Uttarakhand earlier spoke to IndiaToday.in that to avoid back pain, take a break every 1-2 hours to stretch the back and undergo some lumbar strength exercises as well.