Back pain is a common complaint, and the risks increase with age. If you suffer from back pain, do you have good strategies to alleviate the discomfort and prevent flare-ups in the future? Pain medications might provide temporary relief, but you need to work on structural strength and flexibility for the long-term results you are seeking.
Many physical therapists and doctors agree: core strength is key to help with low back pain. Focusing on the core muscle group can create a stronger foundation that provides better support for your back.
What is the Core Muscle Group?
The common assumption is that the “core” consists of the abdominal muscles: where you see six-pack muscles below the ribcage. These muscles are part of the core, but there are other areas in this muscle group as well.
Here is an overview of your core muscles:
- Abdominal Muscles: Located in the front of the body, called the rectus abdominis.
- Wrapping Muscles: The transverse abdominal muscle is deep down and wraps around the front of the body.
- Side Muscles: The obliques are located on both sides of your stomach and back, including both the external and internal obliques.
- Back Muscles: The back is also part of the core muscle group, including all muscles that run along the spine.
- Other Muscles: Several other muscles in and near the abdominal area are included in the core muscle group, such as pelvic floor muscles, the diaphragm, gluteal muscles, and hip flexors.
These are the muscles you need to be working on to improve core strength.
Connection Between Strong Muscles and Lower Back Pain
When the core muscles are weak, the body must rely on passive structures to maintain stability, such as bones and ligaments. As a result, pain levels can increase.
So, strengthening the core muscles can increase overall support for the skeletal structure. Working on these core muscles creates better stability for the bank, which can have a positive impact on reducing chronic back pain.
Of course, every situation is unique, which is why it’s wise to talk to a doctor, physical therapist, or trainer to determine the right exercises based on your current function and ability.
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