Strengthen Your Posture by Working Your Abdominal Muscles
You might think working your abdominal muscles is just about getting a six pack, but abs aren’t just glamor muscles. Improving your core strength is crucial to improving your overall health. Strong abs mean fewer injuries, better balance, and better posture. In fact, posture and abs are reliant on each other. Better posture strengthens your abs, while stronger abs improve posture.
What this connection means is that relief from a variety of pain problems – especially those in your back, neck, and legs – can be addressed by strengthening your abdominal muscles. The chiropractic team at Posture Works in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO has guided patients toward better posture, stronger abs, and a healthier lifestyle.
Why your abs are so important
Weak abdominal muscles can be the cause of lumbar (lower back) pain. This is because the abdominal muscles support your spine. Maintaining a neutral spine while sitting or standing is vital to ensuring spinal health.
A lack of abdominal strength may also cause pelvic tilt. This is evident when in a standing position your abdomen protrudes and your butt sticks out. Pelvic tilt is associated with slipped or bulging discs.
For those looking to improve abdominal strength, exercises such as sit-ups and crunches are a good start. Doing planks (a push-up position that you simply hold for a period of time) will also strengthen abdominal muscles.
You don’t have to become a gym rat to have strong abs that will enhance your health. Medical professionals say exercising twice per week is sufficient, but you do have to be intentional about strengthening your core.
It’s also important to realize that six-pack abs and strong abs are not mutually exclusive. Your core muscles are many and abs are just one piece of the puzzle. If only your abs are strong and other core muscles are weak, your posture may suffer. Likewise, if you don’t have washboard abs, it’s not to say that you’re not maintaining a strong core! Your spine will tell if your core workouts are effective or not.
The abs-posture connection
Good posture means keeping the head up, the spine neutral, and the shoulders back. Slouching, hunching your shoulders, or twisting your back are all associated with poor posture. Maintaining consistently good posture when both sitting and standing can help strengthen your abs. Similarly, consistently doing ab exercises will allow you to better maintain good posture.
Both posture and abdominal strength play a role in spinal health. When misalignments in the spine occur, this can lead to problems elsewhere in the body. This is because of the crucial role your spine plays in relaying nerve signals to other parts of your body. A trained chiropractor will provide you with an exercise regimen, posture analysis, and spinal adjustments. Your chiropractor can be a partner in improving your overall health, starting with your abs.
The experts at Posture Works have been helping patients in Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA get back on track with their health. We use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a research-based program designed to help create treatment plans for every kind of patient.
You don’t have to wait for relief from pain. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.