Prevention is not Cure
“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
Sorry to hear about your back 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. If you are injured in a car accident, you don’t try to heal your self by wearing a seat-belt in bed. Nor will drinking more milk help your bone fracture heal right.
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.
Once the pain is gone or properly managed, you can then look at either Pilates or Tai Chi to prevent the pain from coming back. As to which is better, both have a great foundation in core stability and strength. If done right, these exercises can go a long way in helping you strengthen the right muscles that’s required to support your spine. 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.
Articles That You May Find Interesting
50 Popular Articles That You May Find Interesting
- Snapping Ankle - Physiotherapy
- Labour Epidural Cause Chronic Backache?
- The Best Exercises for Trochanteric Bursitis
- Posterior Pelvic Pain (Sacroiliac Joint Pain) in Pregnant Women
- How do I know if I have scoliosis?
- Diastasis Recti Abdominis - Conditions
- Cobb Angle and Scoliosis
- Maybe it isn't Plantar Fasciitis but Heel Fat Pad Syndrome
- What to do when your back hurts so much that you can't get out of bed?
- Multifidus - Smallest Yet Most Powerful Muscle
- Nerve Stretches
- Shoulder Pain - Frequently Asked Questions
- 'Clunking' Shoulders - Part I
- Waking up with neck pain? Find the right pillow.
- Not All Pain In the Back Is Back Pain - It Could Be Rib Pain
- MCL strain not getting better? Because it is Pes Ancerinus Tendinitis.
- Slipped Disc in Singapore - What to Do and Avoid
- Better to break a bone than to tear a ligament or tendon
- Knee Joint & Ankle Pain - Specialist Treatment in Singapore
- Acromion Clavicle Joint - Another source of shoulder pain
- Sway Back No More
- Knock Knees - Can I reverse it? (Part 1)
- Sway back posture: A leading poor posture type causing back pain
- Posterior Capsule stretches