If you or your student were diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, you are probably wondering if Pilates is safe for DDD. Which Pilates exercises are good for me? Which exercises are contraindicated?
When the discs of our spine are healthy, they act as cushions and shock absorbers between the vertebrae. Unfortunately, as we get older, the discs begin to wear out which can result in some serious pain in your back and neck.
On the bright side, many sufferers of Degenerative Disc Disease can get relief from pain without surgery. A well-designed exercise program can play a big role in getting back to your life and the things you enjoy.
Of course, every individual will be different and should check with their doctor to see what's best for them. Here are some general guidelines and Pilates exercises to consider adding to your routine:
To learn each of these exercises and to see even more exercises and guidelines for Degenerative Disc Disease, check out the Programming & Sequencing chapter of the Pilates Encyclopedia. You'll get videos and detailed instructions for each exercise!
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