The Pilates Method & Non-Specific Chronic Low Back Pain

Research Paper Title

Treating non-specific chronic low back pain through the Pilates Method.


The goal of this study was to review and analyse scientific articles where the Pilates Method was used as treatment for non-specific chronic low back pain (CLBP).


Articles were searched using the Medline, EMBASE, PEDro, CINAHL, and SPORTDICUS databases. The criteria used for inclusion were randomised controlled trials (RCT) and clinical controlled trials (CCT) published in English where therapeutic treatment was based on the Pilates Method. The analysis was carried out by two independent reviewers using the PEDro and Jadad Scales. Two RCTs and one CCT were selected for a retrospective analysis.

Results & Conclusions

The results of the studies analysed all demonstrate positive effects, such as improved general function and reduction in pain when applying the Pilates Method in treating non-specific CLBP in adults. However, further research is required to determine which specific parameters are to be applied when prescribing exercises based on the Pilates Method with patients suffering from non-specific CLBP. Finally, the researchers believe that more studies must be carried out where the samples are more widespread so as to give a larger representation and more reliable results.


La Touche, R., Escalante, K. & Linares, M.T. (2007) Treating non-specific chronic low back pain through the Pilates Method. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2007.11.004.


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