Published by Clinical Pain Advisor

Pilates may represent an effective therapy for the management of chronic lower back pain (LBP), as it was shown to be associated with improvements in pain intensity, disability and function, deep trunk muscle activation, and kinesiophobia in a study recently published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine.

In recent years, Pilates — an exercise program focused on controlled movements — has become a highly recommended activity for patients with chronic LBP as it activates and strengthens the transversus abdominis (TrA) muscle, which plays a significant role in chronic LBP management. In order to assess the efficacy of Pilates on chronic LBP, researchers in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Jaén, Spain, selected 98 patients with chronic LBP and baseline pain levels between 3 and 7 on a 10-cm visual analog scale (VAS) to participate in a randomized controlled trial.