Core Muscles & Lower Back Pain. Core Muscles & Lower Back Pain! Read & TAG A FRIEND! 👭 Our core is made up of several different parts: 1⃣Abodminal muscles – rectus and transverse abdominus + our internal & external obliques 2️⃣Upper back muscles – Latissimus dori 3️⃣Lower back muscles – Extensors & quadratus lumborum 4️⃣Psoas muscle – connects your torso and your legs ⠀⠀ When we do everyday movements, our core muscles contract in order to help support our spine. Our core plays a role in both stabilizing and resisting movement. ⠀⠀ So what are some of the best ab exercises to perform to actually work your core & not place so much stress on your lower back? 1️⃣ Modified curl up – On your back, you are doing a 1/2 crunch. You are only lifting up your neck and head, not your entire body. This will avoid repetitive flexion of your lumbar spine. 2️⃣ Stir the pot – Planking on the stability ball with added movement in your arms. 3️⃣ Side plank – Great stabilizing exercise to work your obliques 4️⃣ Bird dog – Another stabilizing focused exercise to strengthen and stiffen the core. Instead of stretching your lower back when you have pain, try stretching the muscles around your hips (hamstrings, hip flexors). Tip – It’s important to know that the discs in our back are very sensitive in the morning as they have extra fluid in them at this time, so it is crucial to avoid bending forward first thing in the morning! ⠀⠀ COMMENT BELOW! 👇🏻What are some of your favourite ab exercises?