Recent breakthroughs in medical science have now conclusively demonstrated that a significant amount of hip and back discomfort from arthritis is caused by muscle weaknesses in the abdomen and back. Many people associate strengthening “core” muscles as something that is of concern only to gym aficionados and professional athletes. Doctors now understand that anyone at any age can benefit from strengthening their “core” muscle groups as a proactive step in reducing or eliminating the pain associated with arthritis in the back and hips.
Abdominal, back, and gluteal muscles are used to augment and strengthen the skeletal system, providing balance and stability. When these muscles are strong and toned, they will both protect joints as well as relieve the amount of stress placed on the hips and back.
If you are suffering from discomfort related to arthritis in the back and hips or are concerned about developing pain in these fragile areas, the following seven exercises can help strengthen and tone those “core” muscles that will protect you and add balance and stability to the center of your body.
Note: as with all exercises, start off slowly and allow time for your muscles to warm up. Some mild soreness on the following day is normal but if you experience any stabbing or severe discomfort, discontinue the exercise immediately. Consult your doctor if the pain persists.
This exercise is particularly suited for improving the strength of your abdominal muscles.
This exercise is great for improving the strength of your back muscles.
For this exercise, you’ll need an exercise ball. These are sold in many discount large-volume retailers (Wal-Mart, etc), sporting goods stores and online retailers. If you’re just starting out, we recommend using a ball that’s slightly deflated as it provides more cushioning and support.
A fantastic exercise that can safely help you improve your core muscle strength.
Similar to a sit-up but far safer for your back, this exercise will help tone your abdominal muscles.
A great exercise for toning those small but important muscles that add strength and balance to your hips.
If you’re just starting out, be careful to do this exercise slowly and carefully.
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