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  • The best core strengthening exercises for low back pain

  • The best core strengthening exercises for low back pain are the ones that do not aggravate your symptoms.  If your core is weak, you are more likely to experience back pain and various injuries. However, if you do core strength exercises, they can aggravate your pain.  It seems that you are caught in a vicious circle, but there is a way out. 

    How core strength relates to low back pain.

    If your core is strong your back is better protected from injury.  You may have better balance.  It may be easier for you to control your movements.  You will also be stronger when you use your arms and legs Your core muscles are used in almost everything you do. When you get a can of soup out of a high cabinet, you are using your core muscles to stabilize your body. When you swing a golf club or tennis racket, you are using your core muscles to generate force for your swing. And when you sit up in bed, you are using your core.

    What can you do to strengthen your core without aggravating your low back pain?

    Your core is the part of your body around your pelvis and trunk. Core exercises work the muscles of the: Abdomen, Back, Pelvis, and Hips. 

    Core strengthening exercises for low back pain need to be done the smart way.  Core activation should come before core strengthening exercises.  If you have had weak core for a while it is likely that you are not even able to access the correct abdominal muscles.  Here are few core activation exercises on the ball that are safe and will not aggravate your symptoms.  Start with doing those for 2-3 weeks before you considering classes.

    You can go to a class. Pilates, yoga, and other types of fitness classes are good for strengthening core muscles. Use your body weight. Avoid over twisting. You can get a great core workout by doing exercises in your home, a hotel room, or a park. You may want to place a mat or a towel beneath you for these exercises.

    Do not stretch your back, foam roll your back.

    Use ice not heat if your back is sore after core exercise.

    If you have low back pain, never start core strengthening before getting a clearance from your trusted chiropractor.  As always choose chiropractic before medication and surgery and visit our website, like us on Facebook, call us for an appointment.