Back & Neck EBook - US

Step 3: Improve Your Spine’s Stability (cont.)

How physical therapy helps your spinal stability Physical therapists are experts in treating back and neck problems. They have years of medical training in examining how the body moves. By evaluating your spinal movement, muscle strength, coordination and spinal stability, we pinpoint the root cause of your problem. For example, discovering that you have a weakness around a specific segment of your spine, we then make a plan to perform specific hands on therapy and exercises to target that problem area. As a result, your body’s natural movements are restored, alleviating pain. • Perform exercises that involve multiple body parts at one time. This engagesmoreof thecoremuscles. Forexample, insteadof justperforming exercises towork out your arms, then legs separately, do exercises such as alternating leg / arm lifts • Improve your balance. Performing balance exercises increases your ability to engage your core muscles and improves your stability How to improve your spinal stability • Work on simple exercises to increase the strength and stamina of your coremuscles. These include exercises to strengthen your abdominals, hip, pelvic, and spinal muscles. A physical therapist teaches you the proper exercises for your particular condition • Practice keeping your lower abdominals gently drawn towards your belly button. This helps to align the spine and tighten your internal muscle support • Keep your abdominals gently tightenedwhen you bend, squat or reach. This helps you keep your spine in alignment, during these moments of greater spinal stress

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