First Quarterly ABS Pilates Presentation on
Lower Back Pain and How Pilates Can
On Saturday, October 29th, ABS Pilates of Central Ohio, offered it’s first
quarterly presentation to it’s clients, their families, friends and the community.
The presenter was Amanda B. Smith, licensed physical therapist, certified
Pilates instructor and certified McKenzie therapist with more than 25 years of
The topic was “Lower Back Pain….Recognizing and solving the puzzling aspects
of lower back pain and how Pilates can help.” The turn out was great and the
participants had a lot of insightful comments and questions.
Thank you to everyone who took the time out of his/her busy day to join us for
In case you couldn’t make it, here are a few highlights from the presentation…..
Quick Facts About Lower Back Pain
*Approximately 80% of all individuals will experience lower back
pain at some point in his/her life *Lower Back Pain is the number
one cause job-related disability resulting in missed days of work.
*The majority of all lower back pain is caused by an accumulation
of trauma rather than one specific event
*The first episode of lower back usually occurs between the ages of
30 and 40.
Causes of Lower Back Pain
1. Sitting with poor posture
2. Lifting with poor body mechanics
4. Poor physical fitness
5. Weak core muscles
6. Poor flexibility of the hamstrings, hip flexors & spine
What to Do if You are Having Lower Back Pain:
1. Avoid the activities that caused it – lifting, sitting
2. Avoid sitting on soft chairs or sofas
3. Keep moving
4. Ice over heat
5. Go to the physician if pain lingers or is severe
When should You See the Doctor if You are Having
Lower Back Pain:
1. You have numbness or tingling in the legs
2. Severe pain that does not improve with rest
3. Pain after a fall or injury
4. Pain PLUS any of the following symptoms:
*weakness in the legs
*Numbness in your leg or legs
The Benefits of Making Pilates Part of Your Exercise
1. Pilates strengthens all the core muscles that are essential in
maintaining a healthy back
2. Pilates improves good posture awareness and endurance
3. Pilates improves flexibility throughout the entire body
4. Pilates is gentle enough to do daily.
In summary, in order to maintain a healthy back, it is important to do the
1. Watch your posture! Don’t slump when you sit, stand or lift
2. Exercise daily
3. Stay at an ideal weight
4. Do back exercises daily
5. Consult physician when necessary.
6. Do Pilates….but the right ones….not all Pilates exercises are appropriate
****ABS Pilates of Central Ohio, serving Sunbury, OH, New Albany, OH,
Westerville and Gahanna, OH is the number one choice for finding out
which Pilates exercises are the right ones for you because it is owned and
operated by Amanda B. Smith, licensed physical therapist, certified
Pilates instructor, McKenzie certified therapist and nationally certified
group exercise instructor with more than 25 years of experience.
***Contact ABS Pilates today and start feeling stronger tomorrow.