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Is Pilates the Cure for my Back Pain?

March 21, 2012

I was worried last week about having a MRI, right? Well, I wasn’t bothered so much about the actual scan but the results of said scan. On Monday, I had an appointment with my Chiropractor to hear the official radiology report. Right before Doc walked in, I texted my husband and told him I had a bad feeling about it. I’m pretty in tune with my body and I trust my instincts – thankfully, or else I’d probably be dead.  I’ll cut to the chase: no cancer. Those two words were like the heavens opening and angels singing. I could deal with whatever was causing me so much pain as long as it wasn’t cancer. Well, I take that back. I would deal with cancer again if those were the cards that I had been given. But metastatic disease is fatal with a median survival rate of twenty months. I’m just thankful I’m not facing that road right now.  What I am facing is this: a whole lot of Pilates.

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I currently have a bulging discs in the lower back, or lumbar area of the spine at level L4. Apparently, this is very common and there are several reasons for it. Doc suggested it could be my history of horrible posture or even pregnancy. I don’t care about the reason. I need the fix. And the fix is Pilates.

Doc tells me that Pilates will strengthen my core, help lift and support my spine and keep the pressure off the lower lumbar. I’m hoping it makes me look like Jennifer Aniston too. No?

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Um, is that what I'm looking forward to? Confused.

I belong to a snazzy gym which offers Pilates classes. I guess I’ll have to get my kid used to going to the kid’s club regularly and get my butt in some training. I really don’t have much choice. If I continue to do nothing, the disc will eventually rupture and surgery will be required. Yeah, I totally want to avoid that.

So, Pilates it is. Who’s had Pilates training? Will I hate it? Or will I learn to love it? Tell me!

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Kathleen March 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Are you going to try the reformer class? Looks cool. Kind of intimidating. Do they offer introductory classes?

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Kathleen March 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm

And I’m soooo glad it wasn’t cancer :-D

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Kathleen March 22, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Eek, one class is $45! Don’t we pay enough in membership fees?!?!?!

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Mom March 23, 2012 at 12:40 am

Tummy tuck and boob reduction cured Aunt Patti. I hear it’s all about that core also so walk tall and focus on sucking it in.

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Jamie March 27, 2012 at 11:32 am

YAY! Wendy, I was praying for you! I just knew it wasn’t cancer!

I want to try pilates! Will yoga help, too?

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Heather March 29, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I love pilates! I have done both reformer and mat – reformer is a better workout for toning (personal opinion), but they are both great for core strengthening. If you are looking for a trainer I can connect you with my friend Erica (Knocked Up Fit & Core Athletica) is a fantastic instructor. She teaches classes over at Body by Design near Fashion Island.

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