It wasn't long ago that a story came out that Doctors are finally admitting that medication isn't really the answer for low back pain afterall. It makes sense when you think about it. I mean why just treat the symptoms with drugs instead of looking for and then treating the root cause. Now there can be many causes of low back pain so always consult your Doctor first but low back pain can also be a result of our lifestyle too.
So the other day I went through some exercises that are designed to correct muscle imbalances specifically found in the chest and back area that can affect movement at the shoulder. Today it’s all about the lower back and how to correct low back arch.
Back in the day when I was growing up, if you wanted good posture you would walk around with a book on your head. I suppose that the longer you walked around without the book falling then the better your posture was getting. Ahhh, life was so simple back then. Science wise I don’t think they were too far off. Certainly practicing good posture can lead to good posture and better posture leads to better movement, less muscular stress and reduced injuries.
Sitting too much is bad for you because it destroys our bones and muscles. When we sit all day, there are certain muscles that work overtime and others that fall asleep. Here are a few other things to keep in mind as to why sitting is bad for us.
If you were to google (but not at work) best ab exercises chances are you would come across some type of leg raise…bringing your legs up while flexing at the hip. The problem with that is there is no abdominal muscle that flexes your hip. Most people mistakenly believe that this exercise would work the “lower Abs”. Again though, there isn’t really a lower ab muscle. The muscle most people think they are working with that move is the “six-pack” muscle or in geek-speak, the Rectus Abdominus.
Many people are not aware of the complete spectrum of health risks from alcohol and sugar or the role they play in degeneration of discs and bones. Most studies do point out the harmful effects of sugar in diabetes and obesity, however, alcohol seems to be studied as to its benefits more often than its risks.