Friday, February 18, 2005

Exercises for the Most Common Back Problems

I saw this article about back trouble back in August 2004. Apparently a lot of back trouble is caused by the weakness of two sets of muscles, the lumbar multifidus and the transversus abdominis. The cause, it seems, is sitting on one's ass for long periods.

I did a little googling and found that the alternate superman exercise is supposed to strengthen the lumbar multifidus muscles (really helped me).

I tried the "horse stance" exercise on this page and found that I no longer need my chiropractor to realign my spine periodically. It seems that my particular issue is addressed just by strengthening the smaller stabilizing muscles.

And the transversus abdominis muscle can be strengthened by doing abdominal vacuum exercises. And that's how you flatten your stomach too, apparently.


Blogger Al Brown said...

I've since found that exercise is probably not enough. Chronic "inactivity" is actually caused by trigger points that need to be massaged.

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