"Look at those 6-pack abs!" or not...Strengthen What you Have!04/05/2011In Fort Wayne we all possibly admire those who have "6 pack abs" or toned-up mid-sections enough to wear mid-riff revealing tops, but do we want to have 6-pack abs? Maybe not. Do we need them? Maybe not. Should we try for them? Possibly, especially if you have back pain. Sensibly, most of us in Fort Wayne need only tone up what there is of us with the "6 pack" image in mind. Such toning and imagery may well facilitate pain relief and prevention of future back pain. That's where abdominal exercises or core exercises to prevent back pain come into play, and Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc stands ready to be your partner. Abdominal exercises tone your core -- the muscles surrounding your mid-section -- to support your spine, inhibit abnormal curvature due to weakness and help prevent re-injury. Keeping the spine stable with hardened, strong abdominal muscles is important in upholding good posture and avoiding back injuries. Abdominal exercises to prevent back pain are important to back pain sufferers in Fort Wayne. Abdominal Strength ... The Key to a Healthy Back and Back Pain Prevention Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc isn't looking to shape you into the next Mr. or Ms. Universe. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc just wants to encourage abdominal strength. The bones of the spine make up the support frame of the back. Connected to this framework is a well-developed system of muscles and ligaments that, when strong, offer the strength and stability of the spine, arms, and legs. If the muscles and ligaments are fragile, additional stress is placed on the spine to support the body, increasing the chance of back injury. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc encourages patients to build up their abdominal muscles with straightforward, non-time-consuming exercises to support a healthy back. What to do in Fort Wayne with Abdominal Exercises? Your chiropractor at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc wants you to be actively engaged in your spinal care treatment plan. Together, we can quicken your recovery and control spinal pain's influence on your lifestyle. Now, when asked how to condition the abdominal muscles, the classic gym class sit-ups challenge - "Do 100 sit-ups in 2 minutes. Go!" - may skulk to your mind, but don't let that stop you. Today's abdominal exercises to prevent back pain center on the whole core and require more attention to form than number of reps. The core involves many different muscles: latissimus dorsi that are mid-back large muscles, erector spinae that run along the spinal column to straighten the spine, hamstrings, gluteals that support the pelvis and control thigh movement, and abdominals which are used to bend and hold up the spine from the front. Because the abdominals are usually credited for being the spine's supporter, let's focus on the abdominal muscles this month:The lower abdominal muscles: pelvic liftThe abdominal muscles: pelvic tiltThe outside or oblique abdominal muscles: abdominal strengthening (floor / ball) Abdominal exercises increase intra-abdominal pressure and unload the spine. (1) Segmental stabilization and strengthening of abdominal and truck muscles lessen pain and reduce disability in chronic low back pain patients. (2) Unloading the spine when it is hurting is a welcome event! Strengthen your abdominal muscles in just 10 minutes or so a day. You'll notice a difference. Contact your chiropractor in Fort Wayne about your abdominal strength and do those abdominal exercises to prevent back pain only as you are instructed to do so. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is in no doubt of your ability to strengthen your core once you set your mind to it! Click here for references for Abdominal Exercises to Prevent Back Pain.« View All Featured Exercises"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."