Waking up every morning and continuing your days with lower back pain can be frustrating.
Those of you with lower back problems have in the past probably been told to strengthen your abs and stretch your hamstrings.
Well my friends there is a little more to it than just those two suggestions.
Depending on your back problem such as, a bulging disc, a thin disc, previous vertebrae cracks, arthritis, pain after long bouts of standing, etc, there is much more to the strengthening process.
Your kitchen chair probably has 4 legs. If one of those legs were weak that chair would not be too safe for sitting on now would it? Think of your mid section (core area) in the same concept. Everybody has a front, back, and 2 sides, right?
The goal is to strengthen all 4 sides to give your lower spine protection and stability.
Adding strength and stability will take considerable pressure off of your spine which can cause much of the pain you may be having.
Of course properly doing the exercises is a whole story in itself. This is where a knowledgeable Personal Trainer with rehab skills can make a big difference.
Your exercises should consist of proper ab strengthening, along with the obliques, and spine erector muscles also.
Stretching is as important as the strengthening but to focus only on the hamstrings is not enough.
You also want to make sure your hip and pelvic region are limber also. Flexibility imbalances can wreck havoc on your sensitive lumbar spine. A good yoga class or again a knowledgeable Personal Trainer can many times help you stretch the muscles causing the lower back pain.
Before you reach for another hand full of ibuprofen look into complete strengthening and stretching of your core area.
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Mark - Personal Training and Rehab