An educational blog containing evidence and experiential based information about Exercise. Written by the team of professionals at the BODiWORKS Institute.
Back Pain and Abdominal Strength
abdominal muscles are a part of the body's "core". Core muscles
work to support the spine and consists of several back muscles, the pelvic
floor muscles and the abdominals which oppose the powerful back muscles.
If the abdominals are weak, muscles in the surrounding area may compensate,
creating muscular imbalances. Muscles may become tight or be more easily
fatigued and take the spine of it's optimal position, leaving the back
vulnerable to pain or injury. Whether it be upper, mid or low back
pain, strengthening and stretching can assist in alleviating
pain when weak abdominal muscles are present.
abdominal exercises are simple and require no equipment. A great way to
start is to learn how to engage the abdominal muscles: While lying on your
back with legs bent and feet flat on the floor, push your lower back into
the floor while breathing out and tightening your stomach. This can be
repeated 10 to 20 times and done slowly. This exercise can be progressed
in a variety of ways, such as sliding one heel across the floor and then
pulling it back towards the body until the knee is bent again, all while the
abdomen is still being held firm. Plank and side-plank are low-impact
exercises that also benefit back health and strengthen the abdomen. It is
important to maintain proper abdominal muscle engagement during all
exercises and tasks to avoid putting extra pressure on the back and