Gaining Lower Back Strength
A Healthy Pelvic Floor Reduces the Risk of Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain (pain in the lumbar spine) is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions we face. It is estimated that as many as 80% of the population will experience at least one episode of lower back pain during their lifetime.
Current evidence indicates that individuals with lower back pain are more likely to have a significant decrease in pelvic floor function compared to individuals without lower back pain.
And it’s not just weak, under active pelvic floor muscles that can trigger pelvic floor and lower back pain – having over active muscles that are too tight, or a muscle imbalance can produce the same outcomes.
A longitudinal study on younger, middle-aged, and older women reported that women with pre-existing pelvic floor dysfunction were more likely to develop lower back pain than women without such problems.
That’s because the foundation for all movement, balance, stability and flexibility begins in the pelvis.
And that’s why it’s important to make sure your pelvic floor is functioning properly.
The pelvic floor is a significant piece of your body’s core.
It’s All About the Core
Most of us have heard of the term ‘core’ but what does this really mean? Many people believe their core refers to their abs and lower back, but the true core is more than that. In fact, the pelvic floor is a significant piece of your body’s core.
Your core consists of four key components:
- the pelvic floor muscles
- the deep abdominal muscles (Transversus Abdominis)
- the deep stabilising spinal muscles (Multifidus), and
- the diaphragm (i.e. the ‘breathing muscle’).
Why is the Core So Important?
Your core works to support the spine and control the pressure inside the abdomen. For example, during exercise (e.g. lifting a weight) the internal pressure in the abdomen changes (e.g. the internal pressure increases while the weight is being lifted, then returns to normal when the weight is put down).
A fully functioning core will actually anticipate and prepare us for whatever activity we are about to undertake before we even move. In a dysfunctional core, the ability to anticipate and prepare is hindered in some way and this can result in significant pain and injury.
Up to 80% of the population will experience at least one episode of lower back pain during their lifetime.
Gaining Lower Back Strength
Your pelvic floor muscles are an integral part of your core. And, like any group of muscles, it’s very important to exercise them so they function properly. Doing this will have significant benefits to your lower back health.
At the Coregood Institute we can offer a full range of non-surgical treatment options, and tailor a treatment plan to help you strengthen your entire core and therefore reduce the risk or incidence of lower back pain.
We employ an extensive range of non-surgical treatment options to do this. Our methods can help patients avoid surgical or drug-related treatment altogether, or assist with the recovery from other treatments such as surgery (both pre- and post-surgery).
Alongside traditional physiotherapy treatment options and advice on pelvic floor and core strengthening, we also offer patients treatment using the world’s most advanced and successful non-surgical technology – the PelviCenter.
We’re also able to offer effective natural solutions and nutritional advice to help you manage existing conditions and to ensure optimal core function.