Back Exercises

By · Friday, February 4th, 2011

If you have chronic back pain, chances are that your doctor has told you that you need to exercise your back and/or your “core”.  I hear this often.  I also hear that while doctors say this, they don’t ever really show you how to do it, and simply give you an exercise sheet.  Unfortunately, I’ve seen those sheets, as out dated as they are, I wonder if they end up causing more frustration than help.

So today I decided to walk you though one of the most important “back” exercises you’ll ever do…

The Abdominal Crunch
I know what you are thinking… “how can an abdominal crunch, help my back?”  The answer is simple.  Your abdominal muscles are part of your core muscles.  These are the muscles in an around your waist that support and protect your back.  Weak core leads to weak back.  Weak back means increase chance of back problems.  I told you it was simple.

One thing to note, in this video I reference another exercise video called Abdominal Hollowing.  This video can be found on this very website under Freebies tab, and then Exercises.  So watch that first.

Here’s the video.  Also, if you have questions, you can simply comment under this blog and then I’ll respond there to your comment or question.

Remember, this exercise is not difficult.  It simply needs to be performed regularly.  Stay tuned for more exercises.


Dr. Troy Don, DC QME


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