Updated: Apr 20, 2020
DID YOU KNOW?
Multiple studies have shown that incorporation of core strengthening exercises can assist in the reduction of low back pain! Core exercises have the potential to reduce pain, improve spinal stability, and decrease the recurrence of pain episodes!
What IS ‘core strength’?
The ‘core’ is a group of muscles that stabilizes and controls the pelvis and assists in maintaining the body in ideal postures, unloading the joints and facilitating ease of movement. For the average person, this helps them with the ability to get on and off the floor to play with their children or grandchildren, stand up from a chair, sit comfortably at a desk, or vacuum and rake without pain. Having strong and stable core muscles can often prevent overuse injuries, improve balance and stability, and reduce other seemingly random aches and pains.
When the core is weak, often the limbs are affected to accommodate for the additional stress. Your sore calf, aching shoulders, tender plantar, or Achilles may simply be triggered by a weak core. Whether you currently struggle with an injury or want to proactively get more efficient and improve your day-to-day functioning, core strength is always a good priority.
Core strengthening can come in a variety of modalities and needs to be tailored to the abilities and restrictions of the person performing them. Come in and talk to Dr Hannah (Chiropractor) at Anderson Family Chiropractic in Mackay about starting a core strengthening program to get you on track!
Chang, W. D., Lin, H. Y., & Lai, P. T. (2015). Core strength training for patients with chronic low back pain. Journal of physical therapy science, 27(3), 619–622. doi:10.1589/jpts.27.619