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Core muscles confusion

No doubt you heard about the "core muscles". Everyone from your doctor to your personal trainer talks about it. With all these only a handful number of people may really know what do they mean by Core muscles .

The truth is that there is some confusion about 1.what muscles make up the “core”, and 2. How to get these muscles strengthen.

I have had personal trainers as patients with back pain, extreme sport recreation athletes with poor Core, and a patient who had been attending Core classes in a fitness center for 2 years but was suffering from incontinency!( but was shy to talk about it).

So I want you to know that understanding What are the Core muscles and How to get them to work is not a common knowledge.

What are the core muscles?

Generally they are the muscles that run the length of the trunk and the torso, as a corset of muscles. They are named as the “core” because they make a solid base in the middle of our body, so that your extremities can move without whole body moving with it. You see the absence of this in children or people with nervous system disorder. Core stability is critical for proper posture, movement and balance.

Core muscles include:

  • The abs
  • The back muscles
  • Hip muscles - which move the leg in various directions

Why is core stability so important?

  • Helps to reduce back pain.
  • Prevents back and leg injury
  • Increases athletic performance
  • Aids in the treatment of low back pain, sacroiliac pain, groin pain and hamstring strain.
  • Takes the strain off the spine

Strong core muscles benefit everyone not just the athlete; the housewife, person who does heavy lifting in their jobs, pregnant women as well as those who have just given birth.

"Core stability" exercise trains all the muscles to contract timely together – before any movement of the arms or legs takes place. This prevent injury as it stabilizes the body and improves the balance.

We can help you improve your functional fitness by improving your core stability, so you can perform better at whatever you do.

Why not come in and see us today?


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