Brace Yourself: The Reason Core Exercises Won’t Fix Your Back Pain

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So many people are doing core strengthening these days and, in the past decade, we have physical therapists, personal trainers, and others who have become core strengthening experts. Fitness magazines regularly share the newest Best Core Workout for Back Pain, yet, there are an extraordinary number of people who work on their core and still have, or will get, chronic back pain — including famous athletes.

When it comes to back pain, “core strengthening” speaks to an idea that has run its course. Rather than focus on the Action Muscles, the muscles that strengthen by moving them, we  — doctors, physical therapists, personal trainers, healthcare professionals, and back pain patients — must focus on the muscles that strengthen by building circulation to them — the Bracing Muscles.