Bad Backs

Pilates for bad backs

We specialise in helping people with back pain. It is a particular passion of Park View Pilates founder Lorraine Thurlow, who suffered from years of back and neck pain after a car accident at the age of 20. Wanting to help people manage their back pain is the main reason why she decided to retrain for a career in the fitness industry.

“Unless you’ve experienced problems with your back it’s hard to understand how debilitating they can be and how they affect every aspect of your life. But I have been there. I’ve cried at the physical pain, know the frustration of being unable to do even simple things such open a jar, felt the anger of having to cancel yet another social/work event due to my back ‘playing up’, and had the financial impact of not being able to do my job properly. And I know that all of these things have a huge impact on your mood.

“But I also know that exercise can help – both physically and emotionally. Pilates is one of the best forms of exercise for people with back pain.

“I can’t promise you a magic cure, but for many back issues, Pilates has huge benefits. It strengthens muscles to help support your spine, corrects muscle imbalances that can be the cause of some back pain, stretches out tight muscles, improves your posture and raises your mood.

“I have gone from being in constant pain and discomfort, and having back pain affect my daily life, to being pain free and able to get on with whatever I want, whether that’s simple activities such as unloading the food shop to the more physical demands of hiking up mountains or white water kayaking.

“Lots of my class members and clients have have been able to reduce their back pain with regular Pilates sessions. Some are even pain free.

“Pilates helped me and it helped them. Now let it help you, too.”

Lorraine xx

If you experience back pain, neck pain or sciatica, we always recommend first consulting with your GP. There are some spinal conditions, such as osteoporosis, where certain moves/exercises can prove detrimental. If your doctor (or other medical professional, such as a chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist) recommends exercise, we can help.

Please contact us via email or by phone (whichever you are most comfortable with) to discuss your exercise options. We offer 1-2-1 sessions, private classes and group classes.

If you have a group of friends/colleagues with back issues, we could run a specific private class for you at our Sutton studio or your home/workplace. Please contact us to discuss your options.

For more information about how Pilates could help your specific back issue, or to discuss our services, please call the studio on 020 8274 1572 or email