Full Potential: Building a Strong Core to Relieve Back Pain

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The Newsletter About Achieving and Maintaining Optimal Well-Being February, 2018 “Life Is Better Without Pain!” BUILD A STRONG CORE TO RELIEVE BACK PAIN

A prime example of how important core muscle strength is to protect against back pain was shown in a study with 443 firefighters that were put through core strengthening routines. Over a 12 month period, those firefighters had 62% less injuries than the group who did no core strengthening exercises. When your core is strong, it means your spine is better protected against injury when you twist, lift or strain your body doing an activity.

If you suffer from an aching back or even neck pain, weakness in your core muscles can be to blame. Do you have to sit for long periods at a computer, in the car, or are you just not that active anymore? All these positions can lead your core muscles to become weak. Even if you exercise regularly, unless you target your core muscles, you can cause an imbalance in your muscle strength, straining your back and putting you at risk for injury.

Bliven, Kellie C. Huxel, and Barton Anderson E. “Core Stability Training for Injury Prevention.” Sports Health. SAGE Publications, Nov. 2013. Web. 12 Sept. 2016.

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