Mechanical Back Pain
It is generally accepted that mechanical back pain is simply the name given to any type of back pain which is as a result of bad postural habits caused by sitting incorrectly, pregnancy, repetitive and incorrect ways of lifting and bending in the workplace, continually carrying a child on one hip and so on.
Lifestyle changes should correct this back pain, for example taking regular Pilates classes. Stretching, strengthening, realigning and rebalancing the body through a series of Pilates exercises should correct imbalances, postural and poor flexibility issues which are often the starting point for mechanical back pain. In Pilates classes we seek to strengthen and stretch out the muscles of the pelvis, lower & upper back, hips, core abdominals and gluteals.
Sciatica / Piriformis syndrome
The sciatic nerve is the largest peripheral nerve in the body. It starts around the lower back and runs down the back of the leg. Sciatica is a condition that some people have when there is pressure on the sciatica nerve.