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The Role of the Core and Obliques in Back Pain Relief

Ever noticed how simple tasks like bending to put on socks can trigger back pain? Your ribcage might be the culprit! It’s not just about protecting your heart and lungs; your ribcage plays a key role in how your spine moves.

Think of your spine and ribcage as a dynamic duo. When your ribcage moves freely, your spine can bend and twist with ease. But if your ribcage is stiff, it can put extra strain on your lower back, leading to pain and discomfort. This is often overlooked when addressing back pain, as many believe that solely strengthening the “core” is the solution.

While core strength is important, it’s not the sole answer. A strong core involves more than just working the abs; it’s equally crucial to engage the obliques, which are essential for rotational movements and stability in various sports and daily activities.

Understanding the Role of the Ribcage and Obliques

The ribcage’s influence extends beyond the spine. It affects the movement of your shoulders, hips, and even your diaphragm—the muscle that helps you breathe. When your ribcage isn’t moving properly, it can trigger a domino effect throughout your body. Improving ribcage mobility through specific exercises can loosen tight muscles, enhance posture, and alleviate back pain.

All athletes stand to gain significant advantages from developing their oblique muscles. In sports that involve sudden changes of direction, powerful rotational movements, or maintaining balance, strong oblique muscles are essential. For instance, tennis players, golfers, and baseball players rely on their obliques to generate forceful swings, while gymnasts and dancers depend on them for stability and balance during complex movements. Runners need strong obliques to increase their agility, speed, and power. For hockey, you need this force to help with fighting off a check, winning a corner battle, shooting, and even skating.

GB Jingjin torso and hipMoreover, Chinese medicine highlights the importance of the concept of Tendo-Muscular channels, groups of muscles working together to create movement. The Gallbladder channel, which includes several muscles often involved in back pain, emphasizes this interconnectedness.

Identifying the Root Cause of Back Pain

When assessing back pain, it’s crucial to determine the root cause rather than just treating the symptoms. For lower back pain, this involves investigating whether muscles below the lower back are underperforming, forcing the back to overcompensate, or if muscles above the back aren’t working efficiently. Often, underactive glutes and lateral hip rotators can lead to the obliques and other muscles compensating, placing excessive strain on the lower back.

By understanding these complex relationships and pinpointing the source of dysfunction. I will create a comprehensive treatment plan that not only addresses the pain but also the underlying factors contributing to it, leading to more effective and lasting relief.

Addressing Hip Mobility

If you spend a lot of time sitting, you may also experience tightness in your hips, which can exacerbate back issues. Incorporating the 90/90 position into your routine can help improve hip flexibility and mobility, further reducing stress on your lower back.

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