Prevent back tension and stress through Pilates

Posted on March 7, 2014

Many people encounter stressful situations daily. Mental and emotional stress can cause both short and long term injury to your back caused by tension build up. When we are emotionally or mentally stressed our neck and back muscles tense up, constricting the blood flow through to the vessels. In the short term, this tension build up can just result in temporary discomfort in your back.

Relieving stress induced back pain with Pilates

How to deal with back pain?  Staying physically fit can help reduce your risk of illnesses.  Exercise works to burn the chemicals that cause stress: cortisol and norepinephrine. A high cardiovascular workout will also release endorphins into the system, given the feeling of elation and lift spirits.

Pilates works to release stress and tension by balancing physical, emotional and mental levels. It can gradually enable you to strengthen muscles and in turn relieve back pain. Pilates can help to build strength and flexibility, while the breathing works to relieve stress and filter oxygen flow to muscles.


We will be holding a hot Pilates class on 9 March at Yotopia Yoga Studio, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9QJ

You can also download our free app and we will donate £1 to the charity BackCare. The Simplyhealth Back Care app is an easy way to find information, exercises and videos to help you manage and prevent back pain.