How reformer Pilates can help with back pain

October 31, 2017

At least 80% of people will suffer at least one episode of back pain during their lifetime. Reformer Pilates is a fantastic way to re-balance the body and reduce back pain. In this article, our Reformer Pilates Instructor, Danny, explains how.

Restoring flexibility

Reformer Pilates is more than just stretching. The springs and sliding carriage of the Reformer will guide you with exercises and ranges of movement you don’t use (but should) in your normal day. This can help relieve the stiffness built up through your daily routine and ease back pain.

Activating and strengthening muscles

Where tight muscles affect posture and cause pain, there are also muscles in a weak or underactive position. Typically we see a weak core (muscles of the stomach and around the spine) and Gluteals (buttocks). Strengthening these muscle groups will help keep your body in a better posture which will put less strain on your back. Reformer Pilates can be used to isolate these weak points and ensure they activate during exercises to help strengthen them quickly.

Improved movement

Reformer Pilates will also help you move better. Poor posture can cause imbalances in your body which can lead to back pain. The Reformer’s sliding carriage and springs help you build good movement habits by gradually decreasing the amount of assistance and gradually increasing the resistance.

Low impact

Reformer Pilates is low-impact and a very controlled exercise. A lot of the exercises can be taught lying down or seated, giving you support and confidence to perform the exercise without putting your back at risk


Reformer Pilates is as relevant to athletes as it is to a retired gardener. As you progress and your back pain reduces, your exercises can progress too – making them more challenging and taking your strength, flexibility and fitness to new heights.

If you’re suffering from back pain, why not give Reformer Pilates a try? We run enjoyable, fun and dynamic classes at convenient times through the week at our studios in Devizes, Marlborough and Frome.