Many underestimate how essential back muscles are for basic everyday movement.
As part of the core of the body’s muscular system, your back muscles are literally involved in every move that you make. They help bear the stress of standing and walking upright, as well as turning, bending, and twisting your body.
Back muscles are also key players when it comes to protecting the spine. This means that maintaining a strong and healthy back is essential in preventing serious injury.
If you suffer from back pain, there’s a good chance that your back muscles are imbalanced. Strengthening your muscles will help to reduce your suffering and ultimately build a stronger posture.
The easy exercises below will help you to keep your back and spine healthy, not to mention preventing back pain from developing in the future.
Here are four great ways to strengthen your back.
1. Pool Walking
The best part about this low-impact core strengthener is that it is fun and accessible to almost anybody. In addition, you can walk slower or faster, depending on how much you want to challenge yourself.
Simply walk across the shallow end of a pool and try to do three or four laps from end to end.
2. Opposite Arm and Leg Reach
Start on all fours with your hands directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Now fully extend your right arm forward while simultaneously lifting and reaching back with your left leg, being sure to keep the foot flexed.
Hold for five seconds, release, and then repeat on the other side. Don’t get discouraged if you lose your balance at first, Just keep practicing. Try for ten to fifteen reps a day.
3. Back Lifts
Lying face down on your stomach with your arms stretch back toward your thighs, take a deep breath, inhale, and simultaneously lift your chest, legs, and arms off the ground.
Imagine your chest moving forward while your legs move back, and try to get your arms about six inches off the ground. Be sure to keep your toes flexed. Hold for one second and then relax. Try to do five to eight reps a day.
4. Tai Chi, Yoga, and Pilates
These holistic, mind-body systems are practices that are designed to keep your core muscles strong, healthy, and flexible. A regular mind-body practice will help keep your spine aligned and balanced.
At Back in Balance, we offer a whole range of services that help to reduce pain and keep your back healthy. Our professional team is fully dedicated to taking a holistic approach to your well-being and care.
Our dedication and commitment to treating pain, and also educating our clients in preventative care is why many of our patients consider us to be Toronto’s best chiropractic care clinic. If you are interested in finding out more about our top-notch chiropractic services, come check us out today.