Many people would love to have a stronger back and core. Not only does it look good, but it’s very good for your health. Your back is the center of your body and the core strength for the body. It upholds all the limbs and ensures that your central nervous system stays intact. However, many people have pain and injuries in their back because the muscles are weak and parts become injured. Find out how to strengthen your back to reduce your risk for back problems!
Why Is Your Back Important?
Did you get out of bed this morning? Did you do a workout? A simple walk to another room? All of these movements were made possible because of your back. All limbs stem from your back and torso, and all movements are dependent on muscles working together with muscles in your center. Your back muscles are largely responsible for your arm and leg movements, as those limbs connect to the muscles in your back. The ability to even move any muscle is contingent on your Central Nervous System working correctly.
That nervous system is housed in your back, protected by 33 individual vertebrae bones in your spine. The spinal column is a collection of those vertebrae that span the length of your torso, up into your head where it connects to your skull. The CNS is one of the most important systems in the body, containing your brain and spinal cord. Without that protection, any slight injury could stop bodily functions all over your body. The nerves are incredibly delicate and without them, you wouldn’t be able to feel and your brain couldn’t send out messages to your body system to have them work.
That is why your back contains a spine with such thick bones for protection. That thick spinal column makes your back incredibly strong, but it’s not without the help of the back muscles sustaining and supporting it. How strong those back muscles are can determine how healthy your body is and how it moves. People with weak back muscles often experience injuries, aches and pains, neuropathy issues and other health problems. Getting a stronger back can help eliminate some of those issues.
Back Pain and Weak Muscles
For people who have back pain, they know first-hand how having a stronger back free of pain is important. Often, people realize just how important a body part is when they begin to have health problems with that area of the body. For more than 31 million people with chronic back pain, they seek a stronger back to reduce their health problems. The American Chiropractic Association reports that back pain—especially lower back pain—is the leading cause of disability. It’s the most common reason that people have to miss work, and an estimated 80% of people will have back pain at some point in their life.
Back pain can happen because of weak back muscles. When your back is the main support system of your entire body and the torso is the area that houses all your vital organs, you must keep your back and core strong. A stronger back is also good for preventing injuries. When nutrition and exercise are good, your back can have the nutrients it needs to build more muscle and to have circulation and nerve communication working properly. When the back muscles are weak from a sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise or poor nutrition, patients often experience many more health problems related to the back.
Building a Stronger Back
Building a stronger back does take time, but it’s well worth the benefits. Even a few changes here and there can lead you to a stronger back in no time. An area you want to focus on is the lower back, as this is the area most people experience pain. It’s the center of your body and takes a lot of pressure from your daily movements and your posture. The best way to get a stronger back is through good nutrition and exercise specific to that region.
- Start exercising, even if it’s simply walking. Any exercise can help strengthen your muscles.
- Cut out the garbage food. Poor nutrition leads to weak muscles.
- Lift with your legs, not with your back to avoid injuries.
- Wear proper footwear and practice good posture when sitting and standing.
- Utilize exercises such as cable rows, bent-over rows, pullovers, superheroes, and other weight exercise. We can show you how to do these correctly in-office to avoid injury.
Healthy Spine, Healthier Back
Millions of Americans have health problems affecting the back and spine. These include spinal degeneration (from arthritis), spinal stenosis, osteoporosis, skeletal irregularities (like scoliosis, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, and even simply poor posture. When these chronic conditions affect patients, the condition is what we want to focus on primarily, while building a stronger back second. This is because many of these chronic conditions lead to inflammation, swelling, pain and joint degeneration. Getting the inflammation and pain under control can allow patients the ability to exercise for a stronger back.
Back pain can happen when injuries occur from improper turning, lifting, posture issues, sports, exercise and more. You can’t get a stronger back when injuries are present, which is why we offer chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, neuropathy treatment and more. Chiropractic adjustments can realign your back and spine so that uneven pressure isn’t being placed on specific joints and muscle groups, wearing them away.
Spinal decompression helps to slowly stretch the spine, taking pressure off compressed discs and vertebrae. Anti-inflammatory injections calms down inflammation and swelling, and vibration therapy helps speed up circulation and recovery to hurt muscles and nerves. If you want a stronger back, make sure you are treating any current back injuries and issues. We can then help you with exercises and strengthening methods to get a stronger back. To know what specific exercises and treatments you should have for a stronger back, call Spine Correction Center of the Rockies today at (970) 658-5115!