Have you ever stopped to wonder what is really causing your back pain? Sure, there are the obvious culprits, such as an injury sustained in an auto accident or an athletic maneuver gone wrong, or acute pain caused by straining the back while lifting or moving heavy objects incorrectly.
However, there may be another cause for your back pain that you may never have even realized. As I learned from an informative post written by Health, it turns out that muscular imbalances and general weakness in the back may be responsible for the aches and pains that many of us feel on a regular basis. Fortunately, the post also offers up some helpful exercises that can be performed in order to strengthen the back, reduce back pain, and even improve posture.
One of the more fun exercises you can try out is called the “Reverse Fly”, and you only need two five-pound dumbbells to do it (you can always try eight-pound dumbbells if you’re up for the challenge!). Start by standing up straight, feet shoulder-width apart. Make sure that your back is completely straight and your knees are slightly bent for proper support. Hold one dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing in, and from here bend forward at the waist. Brace the muscles in your core, bend your elbows slightly, and raise the weights up and out to your sides as far as you can comfortably go. Squeeze your shoulder blades as you do this for maximum back strengthening benefits. Start with two sets of fifteen reps and work your way up to more if you can.
A similar exercise you can try is called the Bent-over row. Start in a similar position as the last one, holding two dumbbells and standing with your feet hip-width apart. Lean forward from your hips and be sure to keep your back flat, then pull the dumbbells up to the lower part of your chest. Make sure your upper arms and your elbows are next to your ribs. Like the last exercise, focus on squeezing your shoulder blades together. Perform two sets of ten reps.
In addition to performing these simple exercises, you can treat your back by getting regular chiropractic treatments at your nearest The Joint clinic. Our licensed doctors of chiropractic will be sure to uncover your specific health needs to come up with a personalized treatment plan that works for you.
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