Pilates can make your bad back worse: Experts agree it can help reduce pain and improve posture, but there are also …

Posted: June 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm


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By Charlotte Dovey

PUBLISHED: 20:32 EST, 18 June 2012 | UPDATED: 20:32 EST, 18 June 2012

Sophie Barnes slipped a disc while doing pilates

Like thousands of women, Sophie Barnes decided to do Pilates to get back into shape after giving birth.

While driven by the desire to lose her post-baby belly, Sophie, 38, was also keen on it for medical reasons.

She was born with scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, and her doctor had warned that the extra weight of the baby could put added strain on her fragile back and muscles.

A maternity nurse told her that Pilates a series of stretching exercises to improve physical strength and flexibility was excellent for women post-birth.

The classes are particularly good for back problems because the exercises strengthen the muscles that support the spine.

Seven months after the birth I felt ready to start exercising, says Sophie, who lives in North-West London with her husband Martin, 42, a building company manager, and their three children Jonathan, seven, Helena, five, and Melody, three.

I told the instructor about my scoliosis and the pregnancy, and he nodded and told me to join aclass.

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