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Carrasco, M; Reche, D; Torres-Sobejano, M; Romero, E; Martínez, I. (2014). Comparación de la movilidad del raquis entre mujeres de mediana edad practicantes de pilates y de otro tipo de ejercicio. Journal of Sport and Health Research. 6(2):169-176.



Objectives. Ageing is related to the loss of spinal column length and joint mobility. This fact falls specially in women. Pilates Method can keep body balance and stabilize the spine, improving and maintaining its joint range of motion. The objective was to analyze the differences between Pilates and other muscular analytic exercise in the spinal range of movement of middle aged women. 

Methods. Eighteen middle aged women were assessed (47.9±4.4 years). Nine of them were Pilates practitioners and the other nine, practiced a strength and flexibility exercise. Height and weight were measured with a weighing with height rod machine (SECA 780). Spinal range of movement was measured with the Spinal Mouse G6, 6.1.59 version (Idiag AG, Feraltorf, Suiza). Spine anatomical position was measured. Lateral right (LRF) and left (LLF) flexion in the frontal plane, and dorsal (DF) and lumbar (LF) flexion in the sagittal plane were also measured. 

Results. Pilates practitioners reached a greater lumbar flexion and spine inclination (p<0,05) in the sagittal plane with the lumbar spine flexed. The difference between anatomical position and lumbar flexion was higher (p<0,05). Dorsal flexion was significantly higher (p<0,05) when the dorsal and the lumbar regions are flexed simultaneously. 

Conclusions. Pilates practice is related with a higher dorsal and lumbar flexion range of motion in the sagittal plane than other muscular analytic exercise, in middle aged women.  




Pilates Method, spine, dorsal flexion, lumbar flexion.


Journal of Sport and Health Research - 2009