The myth about sucking in

In the not so distant past we were told that to stabilize your spine you need to "suck in your stomach" but this notion is false across the board.

Our core is a cylinder, think of it is a pop can.

When we suck in, we create what’s called an open wedge at one aspect of the cylinder which decreases the amount of pressure that our "cylinder" can withstand.

On the other hand, when we take a breath into our diaphragm, it creates pressure in all directions allowing our "cylinder" to withstand increased forces thus protecting our spine and muscles surrounding our spine.

Think of it like a pop can. When the can is pressurized it can withstand close to 200 pounds of pressure, but once it is open only a few pounds will crush the same can.

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