The Healthy Back Blog: For mums


Strengthening the back – Pilates Style! by louisehampton
October 30, 2012, 8:24 pm
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ImageSorry for not blogging for a while time has just flown by recently!!  Now Zara is 20 months I’m finding I am starting to be able to get a little bit of time for myself and to be able to think about myself again.  After loosing the baby weight my next goal is to get my back strong to be able to cope with everyday life.  I now appeciate just how much the muscles suffer through pregnancy and beyond both in the abdominal muscles and the paraspinal muscles (muscles close to the spine).

Pregnancy dramatically weakens all these muscles due to the stretching of the abdominals and extra pressure on the low back.  After having a baby the muscles will continue to be weak unless they are strengthened and this is where pilates is so good.

There are now quite a few post partum pilates groups around which are fantastic and can help the back so much.  It’s also never too late to start and to help the back.  Its taken me a long time for me to be able to arrange my time to do a pilates class but I’m so glad I have.  It works really well at stregthening the pelvic floor and also makes sure you are using your muscles properly rather than compensating for weak muscles.

To find a pilates class near you I would reccomend finding a class run by a Pilates foundation instructor as they conform to the highest training standards.

If you are still finding you are getting some back pain it would definitely be worth seeing a Chiropractor to find out what is going on in your spine and muscles and what you need to do to help it.  To find a Chiropractor near you visit the British Chiropractic Associations website.

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