A study carried out by Leeds Beckett University has concluded that Pilates could be cheaper than manual therapy interventions for lower back pain.

Senior lecturer in Sports and Exercise Therapy in the School of Clinical and Applied Science at Leeds Beckett, Helen Llewellyn, conducted the six-week study in which participants took part in an hour of supervised Pilates exercise twice a week.

Helen said: “Non-specific lower back pain affects one-third of the UK population. By carrying out this research, I am looking at whether a lower cost alternative to traditional therapy should be considered. Whether by simply taking part in one hour’s Pilates exercise, twice a week, can help those who suffer from lower back pain.”

Back pain is currently the number one cause of long-term sickness in the UK.

Read more about the study via the coverage it’s received in such places as The Express here.