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Anyone tried Tai Chi??? or Pilates???

jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
edited 09/23/2012 - 4:13 AM in Chronic Pain
I was wondering if anyone here has tried Tai Chi for their back and neck problems?

It looks like a very gentle type of exercise and was wondering if it works.

I guess not since no-one has even viewed this thread.

What about Pilates?
If you have tried it, did it help you?



  • Yes I did try pilates and didn't stick with it.
    However, I asked my physiatrist & team and they said yes, that many of the movements were the same that they were trying to teach me for relative strength in pelvic, hips, lower back, abdomen. But I have to be VERY careful and not do everything and ramp up slowly.

    The class I tried was 30 min and I while it didn't seem like much, it was. I did about 90% of it and after going, my PT guy said my alignment shifted a bit so I had to be careful not to do as much.

    Did it help? Not sure b/c I didn't stick with it but I do continue a lot of the exercises I learned at PT which are similar. I may try again this winter.
  • I started Pilates in physical therapy. I still do it -- not as often as I should, but it is very helpful in keeping me going. Having a strong Core can really take the pressure off your back.
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 09/24/2012 - 6:29 AM
    for your answers.

    I used to do Pilates before my lumbar fusion.
    We had a stand in teacher one week and she pushed us too much. I actually stopped and just sat and watched. She came and asked me what was wrong. I told her that I was waiting for a lumbar fusion and I couldn't do these exercises because they were hurting me.

    I haven't been back since my surgery, although I have been doing some gentle exercies that are similar to some of the Pilates.
    I had intended to get back to Pilates but my neck starting causing problems. I have been told by a Pilates teacher that she would only have me if I had a private lesson because she is too worried about me hurting myself, and she would want to watch me very carefully.

    I know that you can get DVDs but then I don't have anyone to advise me. The Tai Chi looks very gentle which is why I wondered if others have found it good.
    I have a feeling that there was a member who was in Australia who did Tai Chi.

  • coyotewildwomanccoyotewildwoman Posts: 130
    edited 09/28/2012 - 4:17 AM
    I only do private pilates as my back is so fragile. It has helped me build core strength and be aware of my posture- zipping up my mid line and not using my low back to do things I shouldn't. I worry too much about taking a big mat class and hurting myself. It is costly to do a private or semi private but the cost of another injury is just too high.
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