Pilates is difficult and many of the moves require core strength in order to do them safely. I do Pilates now, but I worked up to it slowly after my back injury. One of the things I like best at first was using a balancing board or indo board, but you have to be sort of coordinated to be able to work out on it. I did squats and weights on the board for about 6 weeks and was able to EASE into pilates afterwards.
current weight: 174.0
Fitness Minutes: (310) Posts: 2 9/13/12 1:32 P
I'm a big Pilates fan. Just be careful not to over do it. The moves can look simple and kill later. Also just about any move can me modified by resting your head on the ground or bending the knees. Then you can work your way up to straight legs and torso lifted. Also when lifting your head try to relax your shoulders. You can make your neck hurt if you push your shoulders up to your ears while doing the moves.
Also - my gym is run by a hospital and have "Enlighten" classes specifically for injured individuals. They include things like Auqacize and Ti Chi. I know they also offer discounts with a doctors note and some insurance companies will cover the cost.
Good Luck and best wishes! I'm recovering from knee surgery myself and am amazed both by how long it's continued to bother me (I thought the surgery was supposed to fix the pain! lol) and by how much exercise is helping to build strength in it again.
current weight: 118.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 7 9/10/12 10:57 P
My lower back was injured in a car accident, when I was six months pregnant with my daughter, so I couldn't exercise for a while. I finally went to a chiropractor who showed me how to do some core strengthening exercises. I do them in bed just after waking. I tried a pilates class and found it hurt my back... the advice to seek a rolfing chiropractor is spot on. An MD with physical therapy practice will help you devise the correct strengthening exercises for you. Once you feel strong enough, ie. can stand long enough, then seek out a pilates instructor who will work with your particular muscle issues.
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 6 9/10/12 9:38 P
ELIZSOPHIE, I have had back issues for a few years. I haven't been allowed to do much besides walking and PT exercises for the last 9 months. I am slowly making progress through seeing a rolfing therapist. Some ppl think it's new agey, but the guy I see is a certified trainer and certified rolfer. He does both tissue work and exercises/strength training. So, I feel like it is legitimate therapy. Not sure where you are located, but this page gives you some background: http://www.pmrolfing.com/#! I finally feel like I am making some progress and hope to one day return to other activities!
Try pilates! If you can, find an actual studio at first so you can get feedback on your form. Pilates is all about the core (which is more than just abs), and finding balance in your body. A good instructor will work with your injuries to strengthen the support muscles around them and get you back to balanced.I have a neck injury that causes chronic pain, and this has really helped with that. Plus, I have definitely noticed a difference in my overall strength, flexibility, and balance.
"Strong is the new skinny."
Pounds lost: 2.6
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 6 9/6/12 11:31 A
I'm new to Spark People. I've decided to motivate myself to get in better shape by joining and talking to others regularly. I'm looking for some people who have found ways to work out with a lower back problem. I have a slight injury that has gone on long enough that I have developed a very weak core and lower back. As a result, I can't be on my feet for more than 10 minutes at a time, and it's really holding me back from....life! Please, SOMEBODY help me find where to start so I can build some strength and get back to living. I have 3 kids that I want to enjoy life with.
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