Most people at some time in their lives have had low back pain, or are suffering with it right now. If this sounds familiar, here are 5 of the best core exercises and stretches to do to help your back be awesome.The bridge is going to help your back by strengthening those big gluteus muscles that help to stabilize the pelvis.
The abdominal rollout will work on your rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, and obliques in a safe position that will not put excessive stress or strain on to your discs or the vertebral bodies of your spine.
The problem with a tight anterior hip capsule and/or tight hip flexors is that they cause the pelvis to be tipped down in the front and up in the back. This causes increased stress to the discs, joints and vertebral bodies. This stretch will get to both your hip capsule and your hip flexors, most specifically your iliopsoas muscle.
The modified MostFit™ Suspension Strap prayer stretch or child’s pose is an excellent back opener. It provides traction to your back and gives well needed space between the joints. Until we can figure out how to turn off gravity, this is the next best thing. If you sit more than a few hours a day, you should be doing this stretch. Period.
Starring: Emily Reynolds WBFF Pro, trainer and nutrition expert
Dr. Santo Riva, DPT, OCS, NASM-CPT is a doctor of physical therapy and board certified orthopedic specialist at Evolution Physical Therapy and Fitness in Los Angeles, California. He uses instability training to get his patients and clients back into the game and into the best shape of their lives.
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