2006/2007 2 Magazine - The Magazine for Couples

Your Health
By Tonya Rouse

Q: Why do our backs become problematic as we get older? Any preventative measures?

A: Dr.Sender Deutsch of SHAPE Health and Wellness Centre (shapetoronto.com) is a Toronto-based chiropractor who uses integrated training techniques for his clients.

He says, "As we age, many factors occur, including degenerative changes, loss of disc height, reduction of tissue elasticity and decreased strength."

The best way to prevent back pain is to "maintain a strong and stable core through an approved exercise program," he adds.

"Research demonstrates that the plank, side bridge, cross crawl and abs curl with one leg straight are the most effective exercises for stabilizing the spine."