Item added to basket

product name

Basket total £ 0.00
  • product added £ 0.00

Muscle Stability Exercises for the Back

Research has shown that specific core stability exercises can be effective in relieving back pain and restoring normal function. These core stability exercises are most effective for what is called 'mechanical low back pain', where the problem is caused by poor postural habits and the consequent impaired movement patters, this includes the pain resulting from disc problems. Once the correct technique has been mastered these exercises are very easy to do. They are not too vigorous and they can be done by people of all ages, leading to increased stability and improved posture.

The Medical Bit

The principle behind core stability exercise is that if certain specific muscles can be contracted, the spine will have much better support. This prevents postural faults that can predispose a person to back pain.

In order to understand how these exercises are effective it is necessary to have a brief introduction to how the back is supported by muscles. The first muscle we are concerned with is called Transversus Abdominus (TA). This muscle arises from the middle of the tummy and goes right around the midriff, attaching itself to the spine.

Transversus muscle

The TA muscle acts as a natural corset and provides stability for the lower back. If the TA is weak, larger muscles often compensate and become overworked between their roles in producing movement and trying to stabilise the core. This causes muscular imbalances and faulty movement patterns that eventually lead to injury.

The second muscle involved in this exercise programme is the Multifidus. This muscle lies deep in the spine and attaches in between each vertebra. When it contracts it increases the stability of the spinal column.

If you can contract the TA muscle, the Multifidus muscle is also contracted automatically. This improves spinal stability and can relieve back pain.

Empi Direct TENS

£54.99 inc VAT

More Details

Empi Direct TENS has a rating of 5.0 stars from 1 reviews (1 review)


PhysioRoom Instant Heat Hot Pack - Warm Compress for Pain & Muscle Spasm Relief

From £0.69 inc VAT     1+ £1.49 each
    6+ £1.19 each (Save 20%)
  12+ £0.89 each (Save 40%)
  24+ £0.69 each (Save 54%)

More Details


Back Injuries