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Top 5 Benefits of Pilates

We hear a lot these days regarding the benefits of Pilates, particularly about increasing core strength, improving posture and increasing flexibility.  But what does the evidence say?

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Proven Benefits of Pilates

Some of the latest research has clearly demonstrated the benefits of Pilates, particularly in those with a history of:

  • chronic lower back pain
  • poor balance
  • osteoporosis
  • ankylosing spondylosis

But was does the evidence say?

Pilates exercise has been shown to:

1. Decrease pain associated with chronic lower back pain over a 4-15 week period when compared to not doing Pilates exercise. Source: PLoS. 2014 July 9:7

2. Improve functional ability in those with chronic lower back pain compared to not doing Pilates exercise over a 4-15 week time frame. Source: PLoS. 2104 July 9:7

3. Improve balance in the over 60 age group. Source: J Aging Phys Act. 2014 Jul;22(3):342-7.

4. Improve quality of life in post-menopausal women with osteoporosis. Source: J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2013 Apr;17(2):204-11

5. Decrease disability in those with chronic lower back pain over a 6-week period compared. Source: Phys Ther. 2014 May;94(5):623-31.

Equipment Pilates has also found to be superior to mat Pilates for those people who had developed a kinesophobia (fear of movement). Source:Phys Ther. 2014 May; 94 (5) 623-31.

In all these studies Pilates was undertaken in small group classes supervised by a physiotherapist or other equally qualified instructor, twice per week over a 6-week period.

Interestingly the benefits of pilates such as a decrease in pain and increase in functional ability were noticed quite quickly (4 weeks) into the program. These benefits were also sustained for at least 9 weeks after the exercise program had been completed but then the benefits started to decline.  This demonstrates the value of Pilates exercise as a lifestyle change, not just a short term fix.

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