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      Video: Low Abs Strength & Test

      Video: Low Abs Strength & Test

      Why is low ab strength important?

      Lower abdominal (low abs) strength is really important for activities of day to day living and even more important if you’re participating in sport or general exercise. Test if you have weak lower abdominals as it can reflect in poor posture, sore lower back and tight hip flexors, legs and glutes.

      How to test if you have weak low abs

      1. Lie on your back with your legs extended up towards the roof with your back softly flat against your hands. Your head and shoulders should stay flat on the floor or mat throughout the exercise.
      2. Slowly lower your legs towards the floor trying to keep your back softly flattened into your hands througout. The test is over as soon as your lower back leaves your hands.

      Note: if you have low back pain, or are unsure of this test in anyway, please do it accompanied by your Myotherapist, Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist.

      How did you do? The closer your legs got to the floor without your back lifting, the stronger your low abs are. For activities of day to day living you should aim to get your legs just hovering off the floor whilst your back remains in that softly flattened state. If your legs were anywhere short of this then follow the video below to begin strengthening your lower abdominal muscles.

      Play video to prep, activate and get low abs strength!

      Let us know how you are going

      We love to hear about how people are going with their home exercise programs. Reach out on instagram, facebook or email [email protected] with your progressions, videos and pics on strengthening your low abs!

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      Gentle neck traction at home!

      Gentle neck traction at home!

      As requested by one of our customers, this neck traction exercise is a way you can achieve relief of neck pain, tightness and headaches at home.

      In the video below I’ve used a medium strength stretch band and a car seatbelt cover to create comfort for doing neck traction at home. You just need to find somewhere to attach it such as the stair railing, the bed post, a kitchen leg. Something that’s sturdy enough you won’t risk dragging it across the room!

      Give this neck traction exercise a go if you have neck pain, neck tightness or a mild headache you think might be coming from your neck. You will notice in the video I tested my neck range of movement before and after; you may wish to do the same thing. I found my range of movement slightly improved after approximately 60 seconds of traction. My neck pain and headache reduced too however after about half an hour at the computer my pain returned. If this happens you could try repeating the exercise every hour and see if that helps. Consider that treatment may be better suited to you for the neck traction exercise to be effective.

      If you pain in severe or not responding to the exercise you should seek advice from a professional straight away. At Waverley Myotherapy Clinic we can help with our assessment, treatment and take home advice. Book here

      Hope this helps!

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