How Strengthening Your Core Muscles Can Help Your Back

If you’re suffering from back pain, strengthening your core may be the answer.

The core of the body is broadly considered to be the torso. Functional movements are highly dependent on this part of the body, and lack of core muscular development can result in a predisposition to injury.

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Major muscles included are the pelvic floor muscles, transversus abdominis, multifidus, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis, erector spinae (sacrospinalis) especially the longissimus thoracis, and the diaphragm.

Having a strong core can help you avoid future injuries and back pain.

Here’s three ways having a strong core can help support your back.

1. It puts less pressure on your spine

Your core muscles help keep the body upright and facilitate movement. When these core muscles are not in good condition, it puts stress on the spine. As a result, it impacts its ability to support the body, leading to back pain.

2. It improves posture

If you’ve had muscles that didn’t stabilize the spine, your body changes structurally. This can result in postures that cause joint pain as well as muscular pain.

For instance, hunched shoulders can cause back pain, but it can also create tension in the shoulders and neck. 

3. It helps increase stability

Having core muscles that aren’t regularly activated leads to muscle weakness. These are often people who suffer from low back pain. Building strong core muscles will give your spine and back more stability.

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