Back pain is one of the most common symptoms of a weakened core. It is the result of other muscles trying to compensate when your transverse abdominis muscle lacks the strength to hold you up.
80% of Americans over the age of 30 report low back pain more than 5x / week.
Lifestyles of inactivity, collapsed posture, repetitive parenting positions and poor fitness choices are all major sources of back pain. Each one compromises the proper function of the core muscles, causing the body to over compensate. Chronic core weakness with a disproportionate amount of sitting with computer work, nursing postures, and driving and create a posture where the body rests on the tailbone, tucks the pelvis and places the head is too far forward. In these postures the low back is compressed and unsupported contributing to low back pain and spinal instability. In addition, as the upper body rounds and collapses forward, placing strain on the neck and upper back. These weak and collapsed sitting postures influence collapsed and unbalanced standing and walking postures as well.
In the absence of a consistently active internal core, the body is forced to use upper body and lower body muscles to compensate in an attempt to stabilize the core. When these compensatory muscle strategies are overused, the body begins to break down and presents with multiple areas of pain that may seem completely unrelated to core weakness. This is why understanding and treating the source of back pain is essential.
Unfortunately, most treatment approaches focus primarily on reducing the symptoms of back pain. The Tummy Team, however, will treat the root of your pain – core weakness and instability. Core rehab can eliminate even long standing aches by building your internal core strength and training it for use in daily postures and activities. Our focus is a long term lifestyle transformation that starts with simple, effective steps.