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Pilates Shoulder Bridge with Modifications for Back Pain

The classic Pilates Shoulder Bridge exercise is a wonderful exercise for learning how to segment the movements of the spine. Using the multifidus muscle to move each vertebra separately to gain more mobility in the spine. In this video there are two modifications for lower back pain. Modification one helps you to engage the adductors (inner thigh muscles) and modification two helps you to engage the abductors (outer thigh muscles). When doing the shoulder bridge with good alignment and the correct muscles engaged you should not experience any lower back pain. Just be mindful that you aren't extending the spine, we only curl up to a neutral spinal position.


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Lucy Filce

Pilates Birmingham




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