In a nut shell, Yes! Exercise is very important in over all health but most importantly the improvement of back pain.
Yoga and Pilates have been shown to reduce and some times even rid many of back pain all together.
The goal is to improve posture and strengthen the core.A little known method of exercise called Foundation Training.
Developed by chiropractor Eric Goodman, is an approach that can be particularly useful for those with back pain and/or those who are too infirm for yoga or Pilates. It also helps counter the ill health effects associated with excessive sitting.
Foundation Training is based on integrating the muscular chains of your body with simple, powerful exercises that help strengthen and realign your spine and core. No equipment is needed, so you can do them just about anywhere. Your core is anything that connects to your pelvis, whether above or below it, and this includes your hamstrings, glutes, and adductor muscles. Foundation Training teaches all those muscles to work together through integrated chains of movement, which is how you’re structurally designed to move.
If you’re doing Foundation Training correctly, your body will actually respond as if it’s a high-intensity exercise. It may not seem like it, because it’s just a simple isometric pose. But if done right, it’ll actually make you sweat.
Dr. Goodman recommends strengthening the following muscles using the Foundation Training Program:
Glutes: These are the powerhouses of your body. They do not work alone.
Adductors (Inner thigh muscles) are your built in traction system. When the adductor group of muscles remains strong you have increased in hip stability, stronger arches in the feet, and a pelvic brace using a couple of the strongest muscles in your body.
Your deep lower back muscles facilitate the proper integration of the Posterior Chain of Muscles. Simply put, a weak lower back changes every aspect of your movement patterns for the worse.
Your abdomen and hip flexors: Think of the front of your body as a window that shows what is happening at the spine and pelvis. If the front is always too tight, the back is not working properly.
The Transverse Abdominal muscle: A built in bracing system. When the transverse abdominus is tightened against the other muscles among this core group, the entire system becomes stronger