If you, like many people, suffer from occasional or chronic back pain, it’s likely that someone has suggested that you look into Pilates for back pain. And why not? Pilates strengthens the core, a corset-like group of muscles that stabilize the trunk and pelvis. Equally important, Pilates teaches good postural habits and healthy movement patterns, helping to reduce the risk of future injuries. When we stand or sit with a tall spine, we create space between the vertebral discs, relieving pressure. Learning how to engage the abdominal muscles and lengthen the spine promotes a stronger, more supple back.