Weak abdominal muscles affect posture, breathing, appearance, and athletic performance. A weak trunk can also lead to lower pack pain. There are 4 main pairs of abdominal muscles which control forward bending, side bending, and trunk rotation. The exercises listed below are designed to strengthen these muscles without irritating your back or neck. Perform each repetition at a slow, steady pace. Exhale as you come up and inhale as you lower down. Control the lowering portion of each repetition, as it is the more effective portion of the exercise. Try to maintain a forward pelvic tilt during each exercise. Carefully follow the instructions and do only those exercises that have been recommended to you. These abdominal exercises should not cause or increase pain, but may make you sore. If you experience any discomfort other than muscle soreness, decrease the height of your lift, or decrease the number of repetitions. Should pain persist, discontinue the exercise and your physician.
Examples of exercises:
- Modified sit-ups
- Advanced abdominal short arcs
- Chair sit-ups
- Bilateral leg lift
- Basket hang
Please discuss the details of each exercise during your appointment with our doctors and/or therapists when you come to Wellness Plus Clinic.