Yogawalla

Yogawalla

"Yogawalla NYC is for real New Yorkers who want to achieve their health and wellness goals effectively and efficiently. Whether you are overcoming an injury, want to increase your focus at work, or you are ready to take your practice to the next level, I create engaging and challenging private yoga sessions to get you there. "

-Jesal Parikh
Founder of Yogawalla

Relieving Low Back Pain: Part 3 - Strengthening the Spine

So far in Relieving Low Back Pain Part 1 and Part 2 we've covered how out-of-alignment hips and tight muscles can contribute to low back pain. In this post, I show you how to strengthen your "core" muscles so that they can help your spine stay tall and carry the weight of your body. When most people thing of their "core" muscles, they think of the six pack abs that are formed by the rectus abdominis muscle. While this muscle looks great when toned, it actually doesn't do all that much to stabalize your spine. Instead, muscles like the transverse abdominis (the corset muscle), multifidi, and the obliques are much more involved. Muscles around your entire torso (front, back and sides) work together to create spinal stability. If some are working much more than others, it can create tension, compression and/or pain in the low back. Below are some stregthening poses for the entire torso that will help to decrease compressive forces and bring balance to the area and help alleviate low back pain. As always, if you are dealing with an injury or condition, be sure to get clearance from a doctor or PT before performing any of these exercises.