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Strengthening core muscles has its great benefits to avoid injury and back pain.
Millions of people around the world suffer from low back pain on a daily basis that can be very debilitating, fatiguing and irritating and over time it can actually limit us from doing simple activities such as tying our shoelaces, carrying groceries, sitting down, or stopping us from going into work if we don’t take care of the situation.
Low back pain can be brought on by many different factors such as an injury from picking something up wrong to an auto or work related accident, to arthritis but the most common reason why we experience back pain is because of our poor posture whether we are in a sitting or standing position. Yes….the words of our parents are back to haunt us….we’ve all heard our parents tell us at a young age to sit up straight and to stop slouching right?! Well, that is so true to a certain degree but there is more to it than just sitting up straight to avoid low back pain.
First, lets address the question…What are core muscles? Core muscles are muscles that give us strength and stability in our abdominal and back muscles to help us avoid injury from the stress of positions that we put ourselves in. Our core muscles are most commonly associated with the abdominal muscles however, it also integrates with the pelvic floor muscles and back muscles too therefore, to get all of these muscles stronger will improve your strength and stability thereby minimizing low back pain and eliminating the risk for low back injury. Without strong core muscles, everything starts to collapse and bad posture kicks in with a slouched upper back putting added pressure through the spine down to the lower back as it is being over stretched over a long period of time that the muscles of the back become very weak and pain occurs.
Strengthening exercises are the most important treatment to focus on to stabilize core muscles…think of a loose wheel on a car that is weak and isn’t performing optimally as the wheel is shaking and wobbly but if you were to tighten up the nuts and bolts of the wheel then the tire becomes stable and no longer wobbles and can run smooth and efficiently. This analogy is no different a weak core muscle that needs to strengthen, tighten up and stabilize so that it will have the endurance to tolerate stressful positions and avoid low back pain.
Starting on a strengthening exercise program doing simple exercises such as pelvic tilt, dead bug, bridging, prone alternating arm and leg extension with progressions will make a difference with decreased pain and increased strength.
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