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March Series: Back Pain

Back pain can develop for many reasons.

However, a number of lifestyle changes may lessen your back pain or help you cope better.


Exercise is one remedy that's indispensable for a healthy back. You need to build your muscles, aging and lack of exercise can leave you with weak de-conditioned back and abdominal muscles triggering or worsening back pain. That's why stretching and strengthening these and other "core" muscles, which help to support the spine, is so important to recovering from back pain and preventing a recurrence of the problem.


A stretching and strengthening regimen should target the back, abdominal, buttock, and upper leg muscles. Strong abdominal and back muscles, for example, help you maintain an upright posture and proper alignment of the spinal column. Meanwhile the buttock muscles and the iliopsoas muscles (which run from the lumbar vertebrae to the hips on each side) help support the back during walking, standing, and sitting.


In addition, the muscles of the upper legs should be strong and flexible, because they're connected to the iliopsoas and buttocks muscles and, if weak and tight, can strain the supporting structures of the back.


For more information on how exercise can help you with back pain,

Contact me!


Your Health Coach,

Christine!


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