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When I was 8 years old, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. My mom has a significant curvature in her spine and my dad has a minor one, so it was no surprise that the genetics didn’t fall far from the tree. In 8th, 9thand 10thgrade, I had to wear the dreaded plastic backbrace. I resorted to buying clothes that were far too big in an attempt to hide it. I also feared that I would be made fun of for it.
Why am I sharing these intimate details of my youth? Just to tell you that I spent my whole life avoiding any exercise that could potentially “hurt” my back. As a result, I ended up with an extremely weak core. I didn’t understand until much later in life that I actually needed to strengthen the muscles in my core [my back, stomach, pelvic floor, glutes, etc.] to reduce potential back pain.