by Amanda Jane Snyder
Got Lower Pack Pain?
Got lower back pain? The majority of Americans experience some sort of lower back pain at some point in their life. It's the most common injury around.
So if so many people suffer from back pain... then why haven't we come up with a result to fix it?
First of all we must address that PAIN is often a SYMPTOM of a problem and not the actual problem. Most people might be experiencing back pain as over compensation for tight or weak muscles elsewhere on the body.
One common weakness where the back tends to over compensate is in the CORE.
Now I know what you're thinking. You're thinking "okay, I'll just go do some crunches and strengthen my core". AH no!
Instead of focusing on crunches which will drive your lower back into the ground and potentially create more pressure and weakness, why don't we instead focus on our TRANSVERSE ABDOMINALS.
Do you pay attention to how you breathe?
Take a deep breath right now.
Where does that breath go?
Does it go into your chest?
I encourage you to explore belly breathing as a way to activate our transverse abdominals, or our deep inner core. This creates core strength and stability which we can hopefully translate into everyday life such as walking, carrying groceries, running, dancing, performing or lifting weights. This activation of our transverse abdominals on a regular basis will serve as a protector for our lower back.
BREATH WORK > CRUNCHES especially when thinking about engaging our transverse abdominals and protecting our spine from overworking and over compensating.
Amanda Jane Snyder is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, and Mindset Coach living in Brooklyn, NY. She has been vegan since 2016. She specializes in Strength and Conditioning for Actors, Singers, and Dancers but loves creating, exploring, and enjoying all things vegan and gluten free!