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We all know the “Core is Key” but what does it really mean to our back health and overall wellness?
•Fitness: Increasing core stability
•Every time we move, we depend on some muscles to hold us steady, and other muscles to actually move us. Core stabilization is the general term for how the muscles of your trunk keep your spine and body stable. This helps you stay balanced when you move. If your core muscles are strong and they contract when they should:
•Your posture is better.
•Your body is balanced.
•Your movement is more efficient and powerful.
•You may be less likely to be injured.
•Core stability benefits everyone, from older people to top professional athletes. Exercises for core stabilization can be part of every conditioning program, along with flexibility, strength, and aerobic training.
•Core stabilization may be helpful for health conditions such as those discussed in these topics:
•Low Back Pain
•Tendon Injury (Tendinopathy)
•Low Back Pain
The spine itself is just bones stacked on top of one another, and in between the bones-to cushion them-are small discs. The core of each disc has the texture of cheese, and it is surrounded by tough fibrous tissue. To make the spine more stable, the parts are all connected with layers of soft tissue such as cartilage and ligaments. They are also connected by muscles. If these muscles are strong and working in the proper order, you have a solid base for movement and for absorbing the impact of the ground through your body.
The main muscles involved in core stabilization are deep muscles such as the transverse abdominus, the multifidus, and the muscles of the pelvic floor. The transverse abdominus is like a corset around your abdomen. It’s the muscle you work if you pull in your stomach. The multifidus is a muscle that lies along your spine from your neck to your pelvis, with short fibers connecting one bone (vertebra) of the spine to other vertebrae near it. The muscles of the pelvic floor are most noticeable when you squeeze to keep yourself from urinating. See a picture of the inner core muscles .
Other muscles closer to the surface help with core stabilization and also help you move. These include muscles in your back and around your pelvis and hips. See pictures of some of the back outer core muscles , front outer core muscles and outer core muscles of the hips .
Core stabilization strengthens the muscles of the core and helps you learn to use the inner muscles before you start to move. The focus is on stability, breathing, and smooth, coordinated movement.
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