Strengthening your core with exercise can prevent injuries that cause lower back pain from occurring. However, did you know that some of these exercises could also help heal and relieve your lower back pain? Having a strong core helps support the weight of your body and helps protect both your neck and back from having to pick up the slack if your core is weak. The muscles that are targeted in core strengthening exercises are located in your abdominal, back, and gluteal areas.
You may have seen YouTube videos of the emergence of the planking craze just a few years ago. While it seemed like a trend, doing planks is one of the best ways to stabilize and strengthen your core muscles. It also requires little time commitment and can be done just once a day.
When done correctly, crunches can help build your abdominal muscles and stretch your back muscles. While you might never have a six-pack, stronger abs will help prevent lower back pain.
It is recommended that you speak to your doctor or physical therapist before starting an exercise regimen to determine if this is the best way to relieve your lower back pain. He may also recommend additional exercises that can help strengthen your core including Pilates or yoga.
As part of our services at Deuk Spine Institute, physical therapy helps to rehabilitate the spine by providing added strength and flexibility. A unique exercise routine is designed to meet each patient’s specific needs. Contact us for an appointment to determine if you’re a candidate for physical therapy services.