A member asked:

Is it truth that pilates can makes elongates and straightens out the spine and actually adds 2 inches in height by correcting your posture?

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

The Brooklyn Bridge: Is for sale too! unfortunately, this is not correct but pilates is an excellent exercise for back health!

Answered 2/2/2013


Dr. Kornelis Poelstra answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Longer Spine: Making your spine longer is unfortunately not possible; improving posture and standing up straighter (making you look taller!) is possible with good/consistent flexibility and strengthening exercises. Do not forget to stretch the anterior hip and pelvis junction, as drawing the pelvis 'forward' due to hip arthritis will lead to forward posture (and shorter stance). Called 'hip flexion contracture'.

Answered 4/3/2019



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