How To Strengthen Your Back

How To Strengthen Your BackOur spine and central nervous system work together to maximize our health and fitness; when they work well together, we enjoy optimal wellness. But when things are off, we can feel the pain and adverse health effects pretty quickly. Whether you are nursing yourself back from an injury or looking for preventative measures to stay on the right track, Stability Health Center offers tips to improve the overall strength of your back.

Plank Exercise

Most people assume this exercise is purely an abdominal workout, but it is a great exercise for our back muscles as well. Our back works to keep our body centered while our abs muscles are in use. So essentially getting a 6-pack from this exercise is a bonus.

Start by coming onto your forearms and making sure your shoulders are lined up with your elbows. When you are ready, press up onto your toes and press into your forearms to lift your body off the ground. Keeping your gaze steady on the floor in front of you, tuck your abs and try to make your back as straight as possible by lowering your hips closer to the ground. Hold for 30-seconds, rest, and then do it again. If you do this exercise daily, your back will become immensely strong.

Leg To Arm Exercise

This exercise also works multiple parts of your body – legs, glutes, arms, abs and back. Again, most people would not readily assume it strengthens your back, but this is a great full body exercise that is convenient and easy to do at home.

Start on your hands and knees and align your knees under your hips and your wrists under your shoulders. Raise your right arm out in front of you while lifting your left leg off the ground. Straighten your right arm and left leg while tucking your abs and making sure to keep your back as straight as a board. Then, when you feel steady, bring your right elbow and left knee together under you, hold for one second and then lengthen out again. Do it a few times and then switch arms and legs.

For additional stretches that are not as intensive, we compiled a stretching list as well.

Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB)

In addition to these exercises, Dr. Justin Favreau offers a unique, non-invasive treatment called Chiropractic BioPhysics. CPB uses biology, physiology, physics, geometry, and anatomy to identify the causes of your pain, discomfort, loss of mobility, and altered health. That means your diagnosis – and treatment – will be based on sound scientific and chiropractic principles. Dr. Favreau also offers chiropractic adjustments to lengthen the spine, relieve pressure and to alleviate any spine-related pain. Dr. Favreau firmly believes that with proper alignment of all of you bones, joints and muscles (especially your spine) then stress on the central nervous system will be relieved and eventually be able to heal itself fully if you ever do suffer an injury. Dr. Favreau emphasizes holistic healing and that surgery should be the last option.

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