The Most Neglected Muscles in the Body: Part 2

Spinal stability and spinal balance

These are two of the most important factors in your health moving forward in life. Yes, mirror muscles, make you look great and looking good is integral to feeling well; we aren’t saying you should stop developing your pecs or biceps, but that it may behoove you to devote equal time to developing the muscles which matter for maintaining spinal stability and balance. This will make holding good posture easier (which also makes you look more attractive), and go a long way toward preventing many of the factors which lead to degeneration of the spinal discs and other conditions that cause back pain. 

Muscles of the lower back

The muscles which don’t come in for enough attention in the gym include those that provide for spinal stability and balance. Let’s start with the ones actually located in the lower back- the flexors, extensors and obliques.

  • Flexors attach to the front of the spine and allow for bending and arching of the lower back. 
  • Extensors attach to the back of the spine and allow for motions like lifting while also providing support at the base of the spine.
  • Obliques attach to the sides of the spine and allow for rotation of the upper body while also supporting good posture.

Start strengthening the muscles of the lower back now to prevent the onset of problems later

This seems like pretty conventional wisdom, but it is always worth repeating. At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we want to help you maintain the strength of the stabilizing muscles around the spine; by doing this, we prevent pain and the necessity for major surgery. Give our office in Dunedin a call to schedule an appointment today. 

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