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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.


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?


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!