If you have back pain, you’ve probably heard that you should do sit-ups. While strong abdominal (stomach) muscles are good, sit-ups can be not so good. Here’s why:
- Your abdomen is basically the “front of your back.” Some of the muscles that attach to your spine are actually accessible through your soft abdomen by a trained massage or muscle therapist. Sometimes the muscles in the “front of your back” are the ones that cause your lower back pain.
- When you do sit-ups, the movement removes the natural curve from your lower back; it makes it flatter. The curve is good–it’s there for a reason.
- When you do sit-ups, it’s easy to strain your neck muscles.
- Sit-ups shorten your abdominal muscles. Short muscles in front help flatten your lower back and take away your natural curve. Short muscles in the front of your body make it harder to keep good posture. Good posture helps prevent back pain.
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