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August 25, 2008

Reconnect Your Back To Your Brain

Low back pain will afflict 80 to 90% of Americans at some point in their life according to statistics. What can you do to prevent becoming a statistic? Make sure that the core muscles that stabilize your lower spine (local lumbar stabilizers) remain active. Lack of stability usually affects one side or the other and can be caused by too much sitting (the source of so many problems in industrialized nations).

Isometric contractions are the quickest and surest way to reawaken the connection between the local lumbar stabilizers and the brain. “You can regain control of these muscles in a matter of days and bring them back to full strength in just a few weeks,” says Staffan Elgelid, PT, PhD, assistant professor of physical therapy at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Three exercises, from Experience Life Magazine, to reconnect communication between your brain and your back are Transversus Abdominis Crunch, Multifidus Stabilization, and Bridge and March.

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Posted by linda at August 25, 2008 9:55 PM

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