Excel PT: Why Does My Back Hurt?

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WHY DOES MY BACK HURT?

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Depending on how we sit, stand, move, and sleep, certain muscle imbalances, weakness, and tightness can develop leading to low back pain. Many patients, when it comes to the core and back, have difficulty activating muscles due to compensating or favoring certain muscles with daily activities. Back pain can be extremely limiting for anyone, regardless of age. In fact, around 50% of

increases pressure in your lungs when you exhale. To activate and engage this muscle, simply lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Exhale to let out the air in your lungs and force your stomach down towards your backside without tilting your pelvis or back. For most patients, this muscle is either weak or is just not kicking in as much. With the transverse abdominis fully activating, it will allow for other core muscles to not have to work more than they should. It won’t burn many calories, but it can help prevent and aid in treating low back pain. Physical therapists at Excel commonly treat low back pain with simple, nonstrenuous core exercises while adapting to each person’s diagnosis to develop an individual treatment plan. That way, we are fixing YOUR back and not providing an assembly line of exercises that you may see with various popular workout videos or 30 day fixes. The goal is to educate patients on how our bodies are designed to move, and in what manner, while incorporating manual therapy and exercises you cannot just do on your own.

By Anthony Reid, PT, DPT

individuals will experience an onset of back pain at one point in their life. At Excel, we perform extensive one-on-one evaluations by a licensed physical therapist to determine your cause of back pain. We are mechanical experts of the human body and recommend simple exercises where no equipment is necessary. With proper hands-on and verbal cuing, we can teach a patient to engage the transverse abdominis muscles to perform their mechanical job, where as other muscles will take over for these imbalances. The transverse abdominis is the innermost abdominal muscle of the front lower part of your torso that helps provide stability to your abdominal organs and

Call your physical therapist to help you to achieve a pain-free life!

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