Pilates Can Help Relieve Neck Pain

Many of us have heard the saying, “you are a pain in the neck” but few of us ever wish to actually have a pain in the neck but unfortunately many of us do experience neck pain either acute or chronic. Neck pain can occur as a result of injury or as a symptom of the tension and stress we have in our lives. It can also happen as a result of the computer age where many workers find themselves tied to a desk job that requires long hours in front of a computer screen adding a pain in the neck to the list of job benefits. Runner’s World Running Times reported that a study that was published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies says that you don’t have to resign yourself to your neck pain because participants in the study reported feeling less pain after twelve weeks of Pilates (Douglas, 2013). The study followed thirteen individuals suffering from chronic neck pain (Mallin & Murphy, 2013).

Individuals interested in what was involved in the Pilates sessions that the study participants did, it was a beginner-level class of mat exercises, warm-up and cool down each week for six weeks. The weekly sessions lasted one-hour. The study participants were also instructed to do three 20-minute sessions on their own at home each week. Once the study was complete the participants were encouraged to continue what they were doing at home (Douglas, 2013).

Pilates instructors are often told by new members that they are seeking relief from either back pain or neck pain and were told that the exercises done on a Pilates mat would improve posture and help with the tension they feel in shoulders and neck. These types of ailments are common today because of the amount of time spent at the computer for work or leisure purposes. It is the posture of holding your arms in front of you as you type for hours at a time that puts the strain on your neck and shoulders (Pilates Kingdom).

Pilates exercise is very relaxing which can help with tense muscles especially after a long day at work. The fact that you can keep fit while exercising is another plus in addition to bring relief to your neck pain. Besides participating in a local Pilates class you may also find that changing your sitting position by getting up and walking around can help to relieve the tension gathering in your neck. Pilates can also be a social release and a time to meet like-minded individuals who may also be suffering from neck or back pain.


Douglas, S. (2013, 06 20). Study: Pilates helps relieve neck pain.
Retrieved from http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-treatment/

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Pilates Kingdom. (n.d.). Using pilates to deal with back and 
neck pain. Retrieved from http://www.pilateskingdom.com/content/view/25/40/

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