The muscles that support your spine can be thought of as a “canister”. The front and sides of the canister are formed by your abdominal and rib muscles. The back of the canister includes those muscles attached to your spine. The bottom of the canister is formed by the muscles of your pelvic floor, while your diaphragm serves as the roof.
Together, these muscles control your abdominal pressure and spine stability. In order for your spine to stay healthy, these muscles must be strong and coordinated- thereby, reducing strain on its tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.
A lack of spinal stability frequently causes back pain but is also associated with problems throughout the body, including chronic groin pain, knee sprains, and shoulder problems. Here’s a simple exercise to help improve your “canister”: