Back & Neck EBook - US

Step 4: Enhance Your Spine’s Strength (cont.)

How to improve your spinal strength Strength comes fromperforming the right exercises with the right amount of control. You are far better off doing small, specific spinal strengthening exercises, than trying tomove largeweights. It is safer and youwill achieve a better result A lot of strengthening actually involves restoring your brain’s ability to connect with the right muscle groups. When you perform abdominal exercises, do them slowly with focus on tightening your muscles, and controlling the movement The pelvic and hip muscles are an important part of strengthening your spine. Weak hipmuscles fail to take the load when walking, change your posture, spinal movement, and result in straining the spine. Performing leg lifts out to the side and back help to strengthen the hip musculature Perform coordinated strengthen exercises. For example, doing mini- squats while keeping your abdomen tight helps to engage the core, pelvic and leg muscles together How physical therapy helps your spinal strength Physical therapists have years of training in kinesiology, which is the study of human movement. Through proper evaluation of what muscles are weak in your spine, we pinpoint the exact area that needs strengthening. We then teach you specific exercises that target particular muscle groups. We naturally progress your from very simple exercises to more complex coordinated exercises as your spinal muscles heal and begin to work together. You are empowered with the knowledge of how to keep your spine strong and healthy.

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