If you’ve ever experienced low back pain, you’re not alone. More than three-quarters of the population suffers from it at one point or another, and many of us can blame it on muscle imbalance. But if you’re worried surgery is the only option, we have good news. Functional training designed to target the muscles, and not the spine, can address this pain while improving both posture and function.
Culprits of Muscle Imbalance
There are a few reasons you might be experiencing muscle imbalance, including:
- Decreased daily activity
- Repetitive movements in day-to-day life
- Poor posture
- Dominance on one side of the body or the other
- Improper exercise technique and imbalanced strength training
Understanding Functional Anatomy
Some personal trainers are experienced in functional anatomy, which can help resolve right or left body dominance and poor exercise technique. Plus, they can have a positive impact on other issues, too.
Muscle imbalances cause more issues than a sore back. Some of the problems they can cause over the long term include:
- Changing your muscles physiologically and neurologically
- Compromising mobility and stability
- The development of poor body mechanics
Healthy joint alignment and movement, and proper muscle balance and function, all help to maintain optimal health. And these are things that stem from effective exercise and proper technique. Performing exercises without proper stability and mobility only compound the problem of muscle imbalance – another benefit of a personal trainer who understands functional anatomy.
If you’re dealing with back pain issues and you’d like to learn more about how functional training may help alleviate them, contact us today.