I spend a fair amount of time reading. It hasn’t escaped my attention that one of the hot topics in fitness and health is anything “core” related, especially the importance of core strength.
Sports injuries are sometimes unavoidable. There are avoidable injuries and conditions, however. A fair number of them are related to the relative strength and flexibility of your “core”.
Let’s talk about why core strength is such a big deal. Your body’s core is typically understood to occupy areas in your lower back, hips, glutes, trunk, and stomach. It’s called “core” because it is the foundation for most of the basic movements we perform every day. This includes simple balance, lifting, twisting, reaching and bending. When your core is weak, it leaves your body vulnerable to injury from overcompensating for its weakness and overtaxing tendons and joints in an unnatural way.
Often, sufferers of chronic low back pain find they need to strengthen core muscles to support their bodies. Our bodies are systems of muscles joints and ligaments that need to work together efficiently to prevent harm to an area. If one area isn’t working up to capacity, other areas less well equipped for the task will take on the extra duty, often compromising that joint/muscle group and causing pain.
Strong muscles ward off back pain and improve balance. In a recent study (here), outcomes for people who regularly spend time strengthening these important muscle groups suffer less pain and have more energy. Our therapists are skilled at helping you identify these challenges and developing a plan to improve your overall fitness.
In August, we will be hosting a workshop on managing lower back pain and you can bet that core strength will be a part of the conversation.
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