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No More Back Pain! Tone the Right Abs

No More Back Pain! Tone the Right Abs | Fitness | Scoop.it
“ The health of your back depends on the support of your abdominals—but not the ones you think!” Did you know that the abdominal muscles are designed to protect the lumbar spine against disk problems? It’s a paradox then, that in our ab-obsessed culture, so many of us suffer from low back pain—and in particular, disk herniation among the lowest vertebrae. You might think that toning your abs would lead to fewer back problems, but unfortunately, that is often not the case. Sit-ups and related exercises strengthen only one set of abdominal muscles, the rectus abdominis, which have little to do with the health of your spine. Although most yoga postures don’t emphasize exercising the abdominals exclusively, a number of asanas work the full set of your abdominals to stabilize and support your lumbar spine, thus preventing disk problems and other forms of lower back pain.
Via PAT NOVAK
Abigail Klapp's insight:
For my mother and Gideon
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Rescooped by Abigail Klapp from SELF HEALTH
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No More Back Pain! Tone the Right Abs

No More Back Pain! Tone the Right Abs | Fitness | Scoop.it
“ The health of your back depends on the support of your abdominals—but not the ones you think!” Did you know that the abdominal muscles are designed to protect the lumbar spine against disk problems? It’s a paradox then, that in our ab-obsessed culture, so many of us suffer from low back pain—and in particular, disk herniation among the lowest vertebrae. You might think that toning your abs would lead to fewer back problems, but unfortunately, that is often not the case. Sit-ups and related exercises strengthen only one set of abdominal muscles, the rectus abdominis, which have little to do with the health of your spine. Although most yoga postures don’t emphasize exercising the abdominals exclusively, a number of asanas work the full set of your abdominals to stabilize and support your lumbar spine, thus preventing disk problems and other forms of lower back pain.
Via PAT NOVAK
Abigail Klapp's insight:
With a husband with a hernia and sciatica and a mother with arthritis I cannot remember how many times I have talked to them about this. They are intelligent people ..but are more worried about looking silly than dealing with the pain.
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