Is Pilates good for Low Back Pain?

When people ask if Pilates is good for low back pain my answer is a resounding YES.
However, there are many important variables to consider. To clarify, not ALL Pilates exercises are great for all back pain sufferers because not all low back pain originates from the same structures. Therefore, your choice of Pilates exercises will depend on specific individual variants. Find our more… (more…)

Back Pain Pilates Classes 

Don’t wait until it your pain gets out of control. Not all Pilates classes are suitable for people with non-specific low back pain, or with chronic low back pain. Our Pilates classes may help as part of a conservative treatment option for people with non- specific low back pain with or without sciatica. Our highly qualified instructors (more…)

Why Pilates for Hip Osteoarthritis?

Pilates can be very beneficial for you if you experience osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip. This is because Pilates is a low-impact strengthening exercise that strengthens the hip stabilising muscles in various functional positions.  The common programming goals for hip OA in rehabilitation, are to achieve segmental control of the hip and regional/global lumbo-pelvic region control. Expert Pilates exercise can help you achieve this by targeting the local and global stabilizers of the hip and lumbo-pelvic region.

Many people think of Pilates as a mat based exercise only, but the Pilates equipment (reformer, stability chair, Cadillac and barrels), add many dimensions to this exercise.

The Benefit of Pilates Exercise

Pilates exercises are fantastic to gently and progressively load the joints to build strength, and increase mobility even if the muscles around your hip are very weak initially. Furthermore, the equipment allows you to also add traction to your hip join with the use of the reformer and the Cadillac. As a result, this can be extremely beneficial to increase joint space and fluid dynamics within the joint capsule.

If your goal is to try a conservative approach in order to avoid surgery, Pilates exercises may help your joints not only putting off surgical interventions, but to prepare and recover faster from them.

The cornerstone of Pilates exercise is to improve joint stability and increase joint mobility, therefore, your overall body joint health will also greatly benefit from this form of exercise. E.g. knees, wrists, shoulders, spine.

Why Pilates for Hip Osteoarthritis?

Adequate joint motion and elasticity of periarticular tissues are necessary for cartilage nutrition and health. In addition, strength and adequate joint motion provide protection of joint structures from damaging impact loads, function, and comfort in daily activities. Pilates exercises may help with the above benefits.

Current recommendations of non-pharmacologic osteoarthritis therapy interventions include the following:

  • Patient education
  • Heat and cold
  • Weight loss
  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Unloading in certain joints (eg, knee and hip)

Other factors to consider include diet and natural supplementation, as advocated in naturopathic medicine. This factors may also be beneficial for the treatment of arthritis. “Turmeric, a dried powder derived from the rhizome of Curcuma longa, has been used for centuries in certain parts of the world and has been linked to numerous biological activities including arthritis, for instance. One component of turmeric is curcumin, which has been extensively studied, as indicated by more than 5600 citations, most of which have appeared within the past decade” Aggarwal et al, 2013.

For more easy-to read information about the benefits of turmeric, we strongly recommend that you read  the very informative following article:

If you suffer from hip osteoarthritis, don’t wait. Book yourself for a rehabilitation assessment at CORE Kensington and be on your way a better quality of life.

Blog written by Carlo Yanez for Core Kensington LTD.

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Aggarwal, B. B., Yuan, W. , Li, S. and Gupta, S. C. (2013), Curcumin‐free turmeric exhibits anti‐inflammatory and anticancer activities: Identification of novel components of turmeric. Mol. Nutr. Food Res., 57: 1529-1542. doi:10.1002/mnfr.201200838

Pilates classes Pilates Classes in Holland Park London. Located just 11 minutes walking from Holland Park

Pilates Classes just 11 minutes away from Holland Park London

Pilates Classes in Holland Park London.  Just 11 minutes away from Holland Park London

The Pilates Studio is open:
Mondays-Thursdays: 6:30am-9:00pm
Fridays: 6:30am-5:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am-3:00pm
Sundays: closed
For after-hour trainings we will strive to accommodate any request.
See our weekly Pilates classes timetable

Just minutes away from Holland Park, on Kensington Church street, our boutique studio is quaint, elegant and offers quality Pilates training. Our classes are very small, and feel like semi-private sessions. This way you get the attention you deserve.
We offer proper Pilates, not your circuit boot camp style classes that are ubiquitously offered in large popular studios. You will learn the Pilates method, rather than just timed interval training exercises.

Our contemporary method preserves the original exercises of the classical Pilates teachings, but incorporates new information and commonly accepted practices in sports science, kinesiology, physical therapy and it is anatomically based.

Our instructors are fully certified Pilates instructors who have actually gained their full Pilates certification through STOTT Pilates, a worldwide accreditation education. Unlike most studios that don’t have actual Pilates certified instructors, rather train in-house on quickie weekend courses that are only recognised by themselves.

We are qualified to instruct people with special needs, such as back pain, pre and post natal, older populations and more.

Try the difference. The results are profound.

The studio is supervised and owned by Carlo Yanez
Registered Osteopath B.A.(Hons.), B.Ost.(Hons)
Fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor

or contact us on 02078541934

Please note that Personal Training sessions and group classes cancelled or rescheduled within 24 hours of the time booked will still be charged.

Pilates Classes in Holland Park London

Pilates Classes in Holland Park London

All classes are held at:
110 Kensington Church Street
London W8 4BH