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The Importance of Efficient Core: Overtension’s Negative Effect on Low Back

Written by: Kento Kamiyama PT, DPT

For lower back tension, I always thought working the core was important. I over tensed my core for years and it didn’t help my lower back. Mind you, I still believe core plays a positive role in back health. However, through my trials and errors, I learned nuances that helped me steer the needle in a better direction for me.

In this blog, I want to share 3 realizations I had about core activation. Not all realizations fit everyone’s profile. So, I hope laying some out via video can help. Enjoy!

1. Sucking in your stomach doesn’t always help you

2. Sometimes, less is more. I present what is means to compensate when activating the core.

3. The core is involved with breathing. I present examples of when a balloon can be helpful for lower back issues.

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