Strong Abs are Your Back’s Best Friend
Everyone wants six-pack abs, right? These glamor muscles are the most coveted by gym-goers and are almost universally recognized as a sign of being fit, strong, and conditioned. But did you also know that in addition to looking great, strong abs support your health in numerous ways? It starts with providing crucial support for your spine. Because the spine plays an integral role in balance, flexibility, and more, a strong core is key to maintaining wellness.
As any dieter or gym aficionado can attest, getting those sculpted abs isn’t as easy as late-night infomercials make it look. Luckily, the chiropractic experts at Posture Works in Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA understand the link between your spine and your abs. We’re adept at helping patients get more familiar with their core, so they can get acquainted with the exercises and habits needed to strengthen it.
The connection between a strong core and a healthy body
There’s plenty of equipment out there intended to give you six-pack abs. Yet, the average American doesn’t do nearly enough of these exercises. And, for those who are relentless in their exercise of core muscles, the results often don’t align with the effort. Why? Because glamor muscles are nothing if you don’t strengthen their supporting cast.
Developing a strong core is not just about sculpting abs – it’s about developing a stabilization system for your spine and pelvis. Lack of mobility, chronic neck and back pain, and even headaches may be rooted in poor abdominal strength. Even the owners of rock-hard abs can experience back pain if they’re all strength and no conditioning!
Start building that core
If you bend over and experience pain, or reaching up ends in agony, weak core muscles may be the source of the problem. The good news is that your chiropractor may be able to help. Through prescribing a specific routine and holding you accountable, your chiropractor can be a key partner in supporting core wellness. Some good exercises to enhance abdominal strength include:
- Dead lifts;
It should also be noted that if you’re doing abdominal exercises incorrectly, you may do more harm to your back than good. Another way a chiropractor can help is by showing you exactly how to perform exercises properly, to reduce the risk of injury and pinpoint specific muscle groups.
Keep the spine aligned
In addition to core strengthening, chiropractic also works well in conditioning the body. Through posture improvement and spinal alignments, for example, you can make sure you begin your workouts in a good place. Regular chiropractic appointments help you determine how well your spine is being supported by your core and where improvements could be made. This will likely include correction of spinal misalignments, combined with a therapeutic exercise program.
The next time you see six-pack abs at the gym or on TV, remember that they’re more than just a way to show off – they’re also the gateway to good spine health of conditioned properly. The experienced staff at Posture Works strives to help Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA patients build a strong core to support positive spine health.
Contact us today to setup a free consultation or learn more about Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP): the scientific approach we use to gauge your spine’s overall health.
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.