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Doctor insights on: Lower Trap Strengthening

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Do planks workout the lower back stabalizer muscles?

Do planks workout the lower back stabalizer muscles?

Not so much: Planks are excellent 'core' workouts that can be done in the gym or at home . Planks work primarily the abdominal muscles and glutes if done correctly . Best of luck on your workouts! ...Read more

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Are lower back hyperextension exercises good to avoid back pain?

Are lower back hyperextension exercises good to avoid back pain?

Yes: Over time, gravity tends to pull us into a flexed position. Extension exercises counter this effect and help keep the spine neutral. Twisting exercises also help keep the spine limber and lubricated. ...Read more

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How to loosen tight hamstring muscles and core muscles from work outs?

How to loosen tight hamstring muscles and core muscles from work outs?

Stretching: Stretching stretching stretching. Unfortunately, there is no easy way out here. Stretching at the end of a workout gets great results for muscle and tendon lengthening. Stretching 6 hours and 24 hours later reduces swelling that naturally results from muscle workouts. So the answer is stretching stretching stretching! ...Read more

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While bending over, exp sudden intense pulling/popping in lower back. Severe pain. Muscles tightening, posture distortion. Hurts to move. Advice?

While bending over, exp sudden intense pulling/popping in lower back. Severe pain. Muscles tightening, posture distortion.  Hurts to move. Advice?

Should see: Your doctor for a more thorough history and exam in order to give you any advice. Try moist heat, gentle stretching and Ibuprofen (if not allergic) for now. Good luck! ...Read more

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OA in neck, upper back spasms. Overhead exercise tightens back. Should I try doing overhead exercises or avoid? Weights OK? Flabby upper arms/obese.

OA in neck, upper back spasms. Overhead exercise tightens back. Should I try doing overhead exercises or avoid? Weights OK? Flabby upper arms/obese.

OK to avoid them: First it may help to work with a certified personal trainer to modify an overhead exercises so that they are more "tolerable". Otherwise, no exercise that is done overhead is "necessary". Be reassured that you can readily find alternatives that will be suitable without compromising your the benefits you are receiving. ...Read more

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Will strengthening the trapezius muscle decrease neck pain?

Will strengthening the trapezius muscle decrease neck pain?

Depends: This totally depends on the cause of your neck pain. Strengthening the muscles supporting your neck can help the pain but strengthening some but not all of these muscles can make it worse. You need to work with a physician and/or physical therapist and craft a specific plan to treat the specific cause of your neck pain. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises to strengthen upper and lower back/neck pain?

What are the best exercises to strengthen upper and lower back/neck pain?

Extension: Neck&back pain can result from repeated flexed postures-examples of this are texting, writing eating.We are frequently in this forward bending position.This can result in disc herniations leading to pain.Repeated extension exercises can help reverse this and strengthen the back. I recommend the book "treat your own back" by r. Mckenzie. Yoga also improves strength and flexibility of the spine. ...Read more

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Which muscles are involved in lower back pain?

Which muscles are involved in lower back pain?

Complex structure: Erector spinae, lumborum, multifidis spinalis semispinalis incomplete list complex structure muscle of stance. ...Read more

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Which muscles are involved in lower back pain?

Which muscles are involved in lower back pain?

Numerous: Muscles involved in lower back pain include larger paraspinal muscles (iliocostalis, spinalis, longissimus) as well as smaller muscles - multifidus. ...Read more

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What muscles contribute to lower back pain?

What muscles contribute to lower back pain?

Multifidus: As to which muscles contribute to low back pain, LBP, many doctors would say the "multifidus". Dr. V. Mooney, Prof of Orthopedics San Diego Med School, showed toned & strong straps of latissimus d. & contralateral gluteus m. support unstable sacroiliac joints, which are complicitous in 13-30% of LBP generation; due to ligament injury. "Superman" yoga pose strengthens this muscle strap mechanism. ...Read more

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Trying to strengthen upper back muscles using therabands due to having chronically overstretched muscles. They keep burning after exercise. Any ideas?

Trying to strengthen upper back muscles using therabands due to having chronically overstretched muscles. They keep burning after exercise. Any ideas?

Common: What you describe is common after exercise. Especially if the muscles are chronically overstretched. As you strengthen these muscles, often this can take several weeks to months you should see a decrease in the burning sensation. If it does not subside, then maybe have the sports med doc look into a nerve impingement as a source of this burning sensation. ...Read more

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Stretching pain when arching back, right hand side of diaphragm/stomach area eventually radiates to lower back. Pulled muscle? Something more serious?

Stretching pain when arching back, right hand side of diaphragm/stomach area eventually radiates to lower back. Pulled muscle? Something more serious?

Musculoskeletal: A young female with right sub costal pain that is intermittent and possibly positional, with hyperextension of the spine, needs to consider vertebral spine disorder like a facet joint condition with a referred pain pattern. Another common explanation is gallbladder disorder. Feverishness and/or constancy of symptoms would arouse concern for urgent evaluation. A doctor can discern. ...Read more

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What are good lower back pain stretches and exercises?

Back pain exercises: Neutral spine mcgill exercises are a great place to start. Quadriceps, hamstring, and pirifirmis exercises help. These are all on you tube. ...Read more