Abdominal Strength and Back Pain
When you injure your back people will often tell you that you have to strengthen your abdominals. If this is not explained correctly, you might believe that you need to strengthen your stomach muscles by performing sit-ups.
While it is true that you strengthening your abdominals is important, doing sit ups while you have back pain will actually increase your pain considerably. Increasing your Transverse Abdominus — a very deep muscle that directly supports and stabilizes your lumbar spine — is necessary. Since this set of muscles is initially difficult to exercise, instruction from your Advantage physical therapist will benefit you.
Exercising these muscles will:
- Increase the strength of your spinal stabilizer muscles, therefore reducing the occurrence of pain
- Improve the strength and tone of your abdomen
- Potentially improve incontinence or help with post pregnancy issues
- Prevent back pain
Many of these exercises require supervision to see if you are activating the correct muscle groups. Advantage physical therapists are trained in teaching these exercises and can write you a comprehensive exercise program to assist with your back pain recovery or even just to prevent you from suffering back pain in the future.