One of the main things Pilates achieves is creating length and space between joints and spinal discs. This allows nerves to flow freely without blockage or pain. Pilates does this by training the most interfacial layer of abdominals know as your TVA ( transverse abdominis). The TVA wraps around your organs and attaches to the spine. Building strength in these muscles creates a support system for your spinal discs and therefore alleviates the pressure placed on them. When TVA abdominals are weak , discs compress because they have no support and in turn place pressure on nerves that innervate the spine. This causes pain. Calll, email or click here for more information about how Pilates training can help you become pain free.