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

J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2008 Oct;12(4):364-70. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2007.11.004. Epub 2008 Feb 1.


The goal of this study is to review and analyze 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 randomized 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. The results of the studies analyzed 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, we 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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Exercise Movement Techniques / methods*
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / rehabilitation*
  • Low Back Pain / therapy*