Low Back Pain: Prevention Is Not Cure

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 “Hi, I am suffering from pain in my lower back. It has been going on for some time now, about 6 weeks of so. Hot packs and heat rubs don’t seem to be working as before. And it seems to be getting worse. I heard that Pilates and Tai Chi is great for preventing back pain, so I was thinking one of them.  Which would you recommend? Thanks!” – Pauline Shi

Hi Pauline,

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Sorry to hear about your low back pain, but first things first – prevention is not cure. Prevention is great before your have your problem. When you have a problem, what you need is a cure, not prevention. You don’t try to heal your self by wearing a seat-belt in bed if you are injured in a car accident. Nor will drinking more milk help your bone fracture heal right.

What You Should Do For Your Low Back Pain

So the first thing I would recommend is that you seek proper medical advice for your low back pain. Doing Pilates or any other form of exercises at this stage is not likely to help and may even aggravate it.

You can look at either Pilates or Tai Chi to prevent the pain from coming back once the pain is gone or properly managed. As to which is better, both have a great foundation in core stability and strength. These exercises can go a long way in helping you strengthen the right muscles that’s required to support your spine if they are done correctly. Yoga is another exercise you might want to consider.

But do look for a reputable instructor, these muscles are located deep within your abdominal area and are hard to activate. More so, for people with a history of back pain. Good instructors will know if you are doing the exercises right.

Here are some past MCR articles that you might find useful.

  1. Confused Over Core
  2. Multifidus – Smallest Yet Most Powerful Muscle
  3. Why does my back hurt?

Good luck.