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Reduce Low Back Pain with a Strong Core

According to one recent study, “In the short term, core stability exercise was more effective than general exercise for decreasing pain and increasing back-specific functional status in patients with low back pain.” Why is that the case?

The groups of muscles that make up your core provide stability in the abdominal and lower back regions. Your core includes your abdominal muscles and the deep muscles that surround and support your spine. Your core muscles help coordinate the movements of your arms, legs and spine as well. Strong, flexible core muscles facilitate the movement of your spine and can improve your posture, balance and endurance.

On the other hand, if your core muscles lack strength and flexibility, the result can be undue pressure on your low back that results in pain and discomfort. This makes sense, considering that your core is really the centerpiece of all bodily movement. When your core is strong and the muscles contract, your spine, pelvis and shoulders have a solid foundation for movement. If your core is weak, your posture can become affected and poor posture can lead to even more back pain.
How to Build a Strong Core
There are many, many ways to work your core muscles and build your core strength. What is the best exercise for you? Since everyone has different activity levels, health goals and concerns, it’s best to consult before you begin. Next time you visit our office, let us know you are interested in strengthening your core muscles to reduce your low back pain. Or just give us a call! We would be happy to recommend core-strengthening exercises to help build your resilience, strength and flexibility that are tailored to your specific needs and health goals.

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