Back & Neck EBook - US

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

Try this exercise to improve your spinal stability Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing. Alternating Step Touch Stand “tall”, with sturdy step stool positioned in front. Step one foot at a time onto the stool. Alternate legs.

Step 4: Enhance Your Spine’s Strength

When you sit for prolonged periods in the day, your spinal muscles atrophy or become weak. In addition, with repetitive bending or lifting injuries, certain segments of the spine can be injured. Injuries weaken all themuscles around the affected area, especially the smaller muscles that control spinal coordination. By strengtheningyour specific spinalmuscles, especially thesmaller ones calledmultifidi, your body can restore control to the spinal movement. This decreases strain and daily inflammation, resulting in long-term pain relief. The spine has very long muscles that run vertically to hold you upright during the day. In addition, there are many small muscles deep within the spine that fine-tune the movements of each segment.

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