Core StrengthRunning Injuries

Pilates: Transforming Back Pain Rehab for Runners

Alice Baquie

Alice Baquie

· 5 min read

Exploring Pilates for Low Back Pain: Personal Observations and Clinical Insights

Alice Baquie,

Navigating Low Back Pain (LBP) among runners extends beyond a clinical hurdle; it's a prevalent issue intertwined with the quest for pain alleviation, enhanced performance, and improved life quality. My journey as a physiotherapist within the running community has illuminated Pilates as a pivotal solution for LBP, merging movement-based medicine with gentle rehabilitation to support runners' wellbeing.

The Evolution of Pilates

Initially conceived by Joseph Pilates for rehabilitating war veterans, this method integrates strength, flexibility, and mental focus. It's a holistic rehab approach, originally not aimed at the masses but tailored for recovery, positioning Pilates as a therapeutic powerhouse for injury recovery and health.

Demystifying Low Back Pain

LBP's complexity, arising from diverse causes like muscle strains to degenerative conditions, demands an encompassing treatment plan. Beyond just pain relief, the objective is to restore function and preempt future episodes, highlighting the necessity for comprehensive care.

Pilates and LBP: What Research Shows

Evidence underscores Pilates' role in mitigating LBP, with studies demonstrating its superiority in enhancing pain management and functional abilities compared to other exercises. Such insights confirm Pilates' rehabilitative efficacy, bolstering patients' physical health and life quality.

Incorporating Pilates into LBP Management

Integrating Pilates into LBP treatment protocols has yielded positive outcomes, thanks to its focus on core stability, precise alignment, and mindful movement. Tailoring Pilates to individual needs facilitates versatile recovery paths, making it an essential tool for LBP rehab


The Impact of Pilates on LBP Recovery

Pilates' role in LBP management signifies a paradigm shift in addressing back health, blending traditional rehab wisdom with modern clinical insights. This integration into pain management and rehabilitation opens new avenues for comprehensive back care.

Concluding Insights

Reflecting on Pilates' impact on low back pain management has solidified its value in the clinical and running realms. The observable benefits in patients underscore Pilates as an effective component of LBP rehabilitation, highlighting the ongoing evolution of holistic health practices.

See you on the mat!


Alice Baquie

About Alice Baquie

Alice has been a physio for fourteen years and specialises in injury prevention and management for runners. Alice has represented Australia in distance running and gymnastics so has sound knowledge of athletic performance and understands the importance of strength conditioning and mobility to help keep the body moving effectively to mitigate injuries.

Alice, otherwise known to her wonderful pilates community as AB is a fun loving inclusive person always ready to chat and have a laugh and has hosted 1000’s of online classes which attract people from all around the world, including 25 Aussie Olympians.