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Favourite Core-Strengthening Exercises to Keep Your Lower Back and Pelvis Healthy
Posted by Dr. Ben Kim on Jan 14, 2016
Over the past two decades, I have utilized spinal adjustments, stretching, acupuncture, soft tissue work, and every major modality used in physiotherapy to address a wide range of back and hip issues. While all of these therapies can be helpful, in my experience, the most effective way to support a healthier lower back and pelvic region is to improve the functional strength of the muscles that control your core region. These muscles include your lower paraspinals, abdominals, hip flexors, and hip extensors.
For a look at two of my favourite exercises for strengthening the core region, please have a look at the following video:
As you would with all stretches and exercises, please be sure to do a thorough warm-up before you try these movements to reduce risk of injury. And if you have a significant history of issues in these areas, including joint replacement surgery or insertion of any other foreign material, please be sure to consult with your physician before you try these or any movements that are new to you.
There's more to optimizing the health and function of your pelvis and lower back, of course. Your body moves as a whole where each part affects all other parts, much as touching one strand on a spider web causes the entire web to waver. Regardless of how much time you are willing to put in to improve your ability to move, if you do the two exercises shown in the video above several times a week, you can expect to have a stronger and more functional core, which will translate to reduced risk of injury and better performance of physical tasks.
If you have any questions about these exercises, please feel free to share via the comments section below or at our Facebook page. I hope they prove to be helpful!
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