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      At the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI), we specialize
                 in non-surgical as well as surgical treatments
                                of Back and Neck  Pain
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                 Dr. Kraus is available for Neurosurgery consultation (surgical and non-surgical) in Houston.
                      Offices:  1) West Houston Medical Center
                                    2) Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
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Back strength training 

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Back Strengthening
Abdominals
Legs
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Shoulders
Biceps
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Training Regimen
 

The back can be broken down into the upper back, and the lower back.  After the thigh and buttocks, the back muscles are the largest in the body.  There are three main muscle groups in the upper back, the trapezius, latissimus dorsi (lats), and erector spinae.  The trapezius is responsible for pulling the shoulders upward and backward.  The latissimus dorsi pulls the arms backward and downward.  The erector spinae act to straighten up the spine from a bent position. 

The trapezius is worked during any exercise which involves lifting the shoulders.  The includes shrugs, upright rows, and certain presses.

The latissimus dorsi (lats) are developed by cable pulldowns or chins. 

The lower back, which contains the muscles on either side of the spine (erector spinae) is strengthened with dead lifts, bent over rows and hyperextensions.  Lower back muscles work together with the oblique abdominal muscles and the quadratus, to support the spine and give greater range of motion.  Realize that the muscles of the lower back function differently than many other muscles in the body, and are mainly stabilizers, giving the body support and stability.

Start slow, and build upon your progress.  Below are listed a number of exercises which can be used to strengthen the back.  The are labeled by levels of difficulty (easy, intermediate, advanced).  Your workout should be fun.  If it hurts, stop.

 

Good Mornings  (advanced)

Stand straight up with your legs about shoulder width apart.  Place a light bar or broom handle on your back behind your head keeping both hands on the bar. You are going to bend over at the waist keeping your legs straight but with a slight bend at the knee. Your body will end up close to a 90-degree angle. Make sure to keep your chest out and shoulders back when performing this exercise. Always keep your head up and try not to look down.

 back strength training : good mornings      back strength training : good mornings       back strength training : good mornings


 

 Spider Good Mornings (advanced)

Almost the same as a good morning except now you are cradling something in your arms to add some resistance. The same rules apply to this at it does with the good morning. Remember to keep the weight close to your body.

 

 back strength training : spider good mornings    back strength training : spider good mornings


 

Pelvic tilt (easy)

Lay flat on your back with your legs bent and your hands at your sides, right next to your butt. You will keep your hands, feet, and upper back on the ground while raising your butt and pelvic area into the air.

 

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back strength training : pelvic tilt    back strength training : pelvic tilt      back strength training : pelvic tilt


 

Supermen (easy)

Lay flat on your stomach with arms fully extended above your head. Here you will simultaneously raise your arms and legs into the air with your stomach and pelvic region are still touching the ground.

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Alternating supermen (easy)

Laying flat on your stomach with your arms extended above your head you will raise your left arm and right leg at the same time. Alternate and do the same for the other side.

back strength training : supermen  back strength training : supermen  back strength training : supermen


Stiff leg dead lift (intermediate)

This is done similar to the double toe touch except you will have a lightweight in your hands. You will hold the weight and proceed down as far as you can comfortably go and proceed back up to the standing position. It is important to keep the weight very close to your body throughout the entire range of motion. Keep your chest out and shoulders back. You do not have to go all the way down to your toes with this exercise.

back strength training : stiff leg dead lift   back strength training : stiff leg dead lift  back strength training : stiff leg dead lift

    back strength training : stiff leg dead lift     back strength training : stiff leg dead lift    back strength training : stiff leg dead lift

    back strength training : stiff leg dead lift  

  


Twists (easy)

It is best to do these seated. Grab a broom handle or light bar and place it behind your head. Sit up straight with your chest out and shoulders back and twist to your right as far as you can comfortably go and then proceed to your left. It is a similar motion to when you check your blind spot when driving.

 back strength training : twists   back strength training : twists   back strength training : twists

  


  

Side bends (easy)

Grab onto something light like a dumbbell or a purse. Place it into your right hand. Place your left hand on your head. Stand straight up with chest out and shoulders back and drag the weight down towards your right knee and then stand back to the start. It is important not to lean forward when doing this.

back strength training : side bends         back strength training : side bends  


Hammer Low Row (intermediate)

Sit down on the seat with your legs on each side of seat. (Straddling it.) Place stomach and chest firmly against the seat. If you are doing this alone then you may have to grab one handle then grab the other one. Individuals with short arms will not be able to grab both at the same time. It is best to have someone lift them to you if possible.  Once you have the handles in both hands you should now sit straight up with your chest sticking out. Then you will pull the handles in towards your stomach and chest. Slowly lower the weight down to the starting position and repeat. When you are finished you can lower each handle down or you can just drop them. Most of these machines have thick rubber pads that allow you to drop the weight with out damaging anything.

back strength training : hammer low row    back strength training : hammer low row    back strength training : hammer low row


Hammer High Row (intermediate)

Sit down on the seat with your legs on each side of seat. (Straddling it.) Place stomach and chest firmly against the seat. If you are doing this alone then you may have to grab one handle then grab the other one. Individuals with short arms will not be able to grab both at the same time.  Once you have the handles in both hands you should now sit straight up with your chest sticking out. Then you will pull the handles in towards your chest. Slowly lower the weight up to the starting position and repeat. When you are finished you can raise each handle up or you can just drop them. Most of these machines have thick rubber pads that allow you to do this.

back strength training : hammer high row    back strength training : hammer high row    back strength training : hammer high row

 

back strength training : hammer high row


Seated Row

Place feet on the designated footpads with a good deal of bends in the legs. To get this exercise started you will pull back with your legs while keeping your chest out and back flat and arms straight. Straighten your legs until they are almost straight. This is the starting position. Keep your stomach tight the entire time you perform this exercise. Now you will pull the handle in towards your stomach. Imagine that you are elbowing the wall behind you. When you get the handle to your stomach contract your upper back muscles hold it for a second and slowly lower down to the starting position. Individuals that have any serious lower back pain or have had any severe lower back pain within about 3-4 months should not do this exercise.

  back strength training : seated row   back strength training : seated row     back strength training : seated row    back strength training : seated row   


Lat Pull Down

Grab the bar about shoulder width apart and sit down so that your upper legs are firmly under the supportive roller pads. Now that you are siting down you should have your arms straight and you should slightly be leaning back. This is the starting position. Now you will pull the bar towards your chest touching it at your chest or collarbone area. When you get it close to your chest pull your elbows back towards the wall behind you. You do not want to have your elbows in front of you when you are finished.  If your are not flexible enough to get the bar to your chest then pull it about chin level.

 

    back strength training : lat pull down    back strength training : lat pull down   back strength training : lat pull down


Reverse Hyperextension on a Ball

This exercise may be a little awkward to do because it requires that you balance yourself while performing this strengthening exercise. Lay flat on the ball with your belly button in the center of the ball. Place your hands behind your head and raise your upper body towards the ceiling pivoting at your waist. Go back to the start position and repeat. Having someone hold your feet or placing them under something firm will help with the balancing in this exercise.

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