Have you ever wonder why is your lower back is always in pain? or you know about it but choose to ignore it?
We have the answer to it!
Your Deep Core Muscles! They are the ones that support your lower back.
Your spine is an inherently unstable area of your body. Your lower back has five vertebrae that allow twisting, bending and arching with no other bones to assist. They sit on top of a triangular bone called the sacrum, which wedges itself into the pelvis. Unfortunately, without muscular support, all of these bones would fall in a heap on the ground.
Your deep core muscles are the main structures that support, control and move your lower spine and pelvis. They are also the most energy efficient and best positioned muscles to do the job for 24 hours a day. However, when they turn off, your spine is not fully supported by its normal muscular corset. This makes it quite vulnerable to injury and chronic pain. Research has shown that our back pain causes your “deep core stability” muscles to stop working in every case.
(By having these two muscles connected, you will prevent from lower back pain)
The first time you experience lower back pain, your brain automatically inhibits the normal activity of the Transversus Abdominis (TA) muscle. This occurs in 100% of sufferers. Unfortunately, even once the back pain has eased the TA muscle does not automatically switch on again. Inhibition of the TA muscle exposes your spine to further trauma and hence “recurrent back pain”. Each incident becomes a little more severe and consequently further wasting of the TA occurs.
So we need to work on our stabilizing muscles – Transversus Abdominis (TA) muscle and Pelvic Floor (P) muscle.
Transversus Abdominis (TA)
The transversus abdominis muscle is the deepest of the abdominal muscles and is one of the main stabilizers of the lower back and pelvis. The orientation of the transversus abdominis muscle is similar to a corset, whereby it wraps around your lower abdomen and attaches to your lower back. When the transversus abdominis muscle contracts it acts like a back brace stabilising your spine and supporting your lower back. It is an integral component of core stability and should be activated with all Pilates exercises.
The pelvic floor muscles sit deeply at the base of the abdomen and are primarily responsible for controlling bowel and bladder function. In addition, the pelvic floor muscles act to stabilise the pelvis and lower back and are an integral component of Pilates exercises. Pelvic floor retraining is particularly important for patients suffering lower back pain, women before and after pregnancy, athletes with osteitis pubis, as well as those who experience incontinence.
So now you know….
Let’s take good care of our lower back by having good strong core! 🙂