Ascent PT. Getting To The Core Of Back & Neck Pain

Core Strength & Back Pain

There are a lot of reasons to improve core strength outside of any existing neck or back pain. When you improve your core, you are likely to also improve your posture and thereby reduce your risk of developing further back pain in the future. Furthermore, the exercise that helps to improve core strength is often helpful in promotingweight loss,andforthosewhoareoverweight,thiscouldalsohelpreduce pain in the neck and the back. Sometimes,whenyourcore isweak, itcancauseyoutoexperienceaddedpressure onareas likeyourneckandback.Therearea lotofwaysthatworkingwithaphysical therapist can help you improve your core strength. You may be encouraged to practice core exercises, for example, which may include abdominal crunches or leg lifts. Light weight-training activities are also frequently helpful, as are balance- based activities like yoga. Ifyouhaven’tspentmuch timebuildingcorestrength in thepast, thenworkingwith a physical therapist is a great place to start. Your physical therapist will guide you through proper postures and movements to reduce further risk of injury. For more information about how to start improving your core, contact us. If you’re suffering from back or neck pain, call Ascent Physical Therapy at 503.427.0118 to schedule your appointment today, or visit for more information.

You may be surprised how frequently issues with the neck and back actually stem from issues with core strength. Your core refers to the muscles that make up your torso, includingyourabdomen.Thesemusclesarecalledthecorebecausetheyare at the center of your body, and they are necessary in just about every action that you engage in. Everything from walking and running and swimming to sitting and driving require you to engage your core.

Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this simple exercise to keep you moving

Healthy Seasonal Recipe



• 1 cup fresh cranberries • 1 teaspoon orange zest • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice • 1 egg

• 2 cups white whole wheat flour • 1/2 cup sugar • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, addwhitewholewheatflour,sugar,bakingpowder,bakingsoda,salt,cranberries, and orange zest. Gently stir. In a separate medium-sized bowl, add coconut oil, fresh orange juice, and an egg. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir to combine everything together. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

SIDELYING TRUNK ROTATION While lying on your side with your arms out-stretched in front of your body, slowly twist your upper body to the side and rotate your spine. Your arms and head should also be rotating along with the spine as shown. Follow your hand with your eyes. Hold for 20 seconds repeat 3 times on each side.

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