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Back pain? Before you consider medication or invasive treatment, and before you book an appointment with your chiropractor, think about a cheaper, more natural option. Rather than spending your money on treating your painful symptoms, wouldn't you want to fix the problem for good?
Lower and upper back pain is rarely caused by a problem with the spine itself (in some cases it is, and visiting your doctor before beginning any program is a must). If you experience stiffness, or a slow onset of pain in your back, you are more like the general population which experiences back pain. Let me guess... are you sitting in a chair reading this? Do you sit in a chair for several hours in a day? If yes, you are a perfect candidate for back, neck and shoulder pain.
Get to the root of the problem
Before you can treat your back troubles, you need to know why your back hurts. Unless your pain is caused by an injury or trauma, it is usually the result of weak core muscles. The muscles of the core include the abs, obliques and hundreds of muscles in the back.
Imagine looking at a wall in your home from a side angle. The wall is about 4 inches thick, with each side made of separate pieces, but connected in the centre. It has equal support holding it upright. Imagine if on side was weak... it would be floppy and not hold up its side very well. The opposite side would have to make up for the weak side, doing twice as much work.
This analogy is the same for the human body. If the abdominal muscles are weak, the muscles holding up the spine will have to work twice as hard to hold you upright. You'll notice soreness in your lower back in this case. If you have weak back muscles as well, you'll probably feel soreness in the upper back and between the shoulder blades.
Fixing low back pain with your workout
Working out strengthens the muscles of the core, and this can help to get right to the root of the problem. Once you cure the cause of the pain, you won't have to worry about the pain coming back.
If you're a regular exerciser and still experience pain, its probably because you are not doing the right exercises. In a gym environment, most people use a piece of cardio equipment for the bulk of the workout, and the finish off with some crunches and stretches.
You'll need more than a few sets of crunches or sit ups to improve your overall core strength.