These are some of the most important muscles in your body
And they are some of the most neglected in the gym. People often prioritize looks and strength over functionality when it comes to weight training. This is a critical mistake from a chiropractor’s perspective because it often leads people to leave out some of the most important muscles in the body, including those of the neck, the trapezius, the stabilizing muscles of the core and those of the lower back.
There is a large network of support muscles in the lower back that often go ignored
The extensor muscles, flexor muscles, and oblique muscles provide support to the vertebrae of the lower spine, hold the body upright, stabilize the body to prevent traumatic forces from causing too much damage, and allow for range of motion in the body including basic twists and bends.
- Extensors are in the back and allow for motions like lifting.
- Flexors are in the front and enable motions like bending, lifting, flexing and arching of the back.
- Obliques are on the sides and help with rotation and stability.
Out of these crucial muscles, many people skip all except the abdominal muscles, a set within the flexors which are quite inconsequential when it comes to supporting the spine.
A plan for your lower back muscles
Let’s stop ignoring and start working them! You can significantly improve your experience with back pain by focusing on the strength of these three regions. We can show you specific exercises and stretches that will be within your specific ability level. Give our office in Fremont a call to schedule an appointment today!
Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C.