Physical treatments for back pain and osteoarthritis

Supportive therapies can help make everyday activities easier.

Pilates can be of great benefit for people who suffer from arthritic pain because this physical practice can strengthen the muscles supporting your joints. People often combine Pilates with aerobic exercises and a workout routine to lose weight thus strengthening muscles whilst reducing physical pain.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis in the UK and is a condition that causes the joints to become painful and stiff. Studies have shown people with arthritis who perform Pilates had a better range of motion and less stiffness than people who did not include Pilates in their exercise routines. OA affects the joint cartilage and the bone tissue next to the cartilage. By maintaining a healthy weight and doing regular, gentle exercises you may be able to reduce your chances of developing the condition.

Osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms will be improved through regular exercise which maintains activity and mobility whilst building up muscle and thereby strengthening the joints.

Pilates is a great tool for managing osteoarthritis pain as it can increase flexibility, muscle strength and physical endurance. Pilates, as part of your arthritis treatment, helps you lose weight whilst improving your overall sense of well-being. Generally, exercise is also good for improving your posture and relieving stress, all of which will ease symptoms.

Whatever your age or level of fitness, physical activity is one of the most important treatments for people with osteoarthritis. A combination of exercises to strengthen your muscles and exercises to improve your general fitness will improve your overall physical ability and lessen pain.

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Exercise is Medicine

Almost a third of the world population is categorised as being physically inactive.

Our Pilates courses aim to, amongst other goals for each individual persons Pilates practice, achieve workplace wellness, good posture and rehabilitation as well as encouraging general physical activity for your improved movement and health.

Medical departments worldwide including the Faculty of Life, health sciences and the School of Public Health have and are debating physical movement for improved health and chronic disease prevention.

President of the Faculty of sport and exercise medicine (FSEM) Dr Roderick Jaques comments: “The healthcare agenda has been focused for too long on obesity whilst physical inactivity, a larger health threat, has gone largely unrecognised. Addressing physical inactivity through prescribed exercise provides a fresh approach to the prevention and management of avoidable diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and many common muscular-skeletal conditions. Exercise medicine can also provide sustainable treatment for excess weight, obesity and mental health and it has an enormous application for workplace wellness and rehabilitation. Physical activity being at the core of healthcare and communities is a focus as well as providing a sustainable solution to public health and the pressures facing the NHS.”

The speciality of sport and exercise medicine (SEM) has a key role in developing new approaches to healthcare and promoting population health and works with colleagues in public health, the Department of Health and the NHS to implement policies that enhance health. Physical inactivity is a leading cause of death worldwide and is a major risk factor for chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease, type II diabetes, and several cancers.

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) UK is asking MPs to recognise physical inactivity as one of the largest health threats in the UK. In its Manifesto to Improve Public Health, the FSEM sets out 8 priorities to put physical activity at the core of the UK’s healthcare system via a national preventative strategy.

The decision-making branch of the World Health Organisation, The World Health Assembly, has adopted combating physical inactivity as a priority objective for global action to help control the rising burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

After 23 years in the NHS, Ann Gates is focussed on getting every GP surgery in the country trained to provide personalised exercise programmes to their patients and a firm believer that exercise is a medicine that improves the health of people with long-term illnesses as well as preventing disease. Ms Gates is convinced that using exercise as a form of treatment will be the most cost-effective measure ever introduced.

Exercise medicine can also provide sustainable treatment for excess weight, obesity and mental health.

To find out more about physical activity and improving your health visit the Live Well page of the NHS website.