Core Strength Training
Core strength training strengthens the body’s core muscles, including abdominal muscles, back muscles and the muscles around the pelvis. Strong core muscles make it easier to do many physical activities.
The terms "core strength" or "core stability" refer to the muscles of the abdomen, diaphram, pelvic floor and back and their ability to support the spine and keep the body stable, safe and balanced, which is fundamental in any physical activity, especially in terms of staying injury-free and performing at peak potential in sport.
Understanding Core Strength Training Exercises
The core is made up of many muscles that all work in tandem. Some of these muscles are referred to as “stabilisers”, and others are referred to as “movers”. The stabilisers are attached to the spine and help the body move, and the movers support the stabilizers.
There are many simple things people can do throughout the day to help strengthen their core muscles. These include always practising good posture and regularly getting up from the desk to walk around a bit, followed by a series of stretches to help lubricate the muscles.
The next step is to begin practising actual core strength training exercises that will make the core stronger. It is recommended to start slowly and gently and work up from there. Here are some examples:
- Using a fitness ball, will improve not only core strength, but all of the other muscles in the body. Additionally using a fitness ball will also help improve balance.
- Use exercise bands. The resistance provided by exercise bands is almost as good as that provided by free weights.
Chiropractic Therapy and Core Strength
Our chiropractors use a range of techniques to ensure your spine and muscles are balanced in order to make your core strengthening exercises easier.
Occupational Therapy and Core Strength
If core muscles are contributing to lower extremity ailments, an occupational therapist can identify muscle imbalances and weaknesses that are contributing to decreased muscle function, muscle pain and poor posture.
There are many different exercises and activities an occupational therapist can provide strengthening exercises and activities to improve the performance of weakened muscles. A number of exercises may be used to strengthen weaker muscle groups and relax tight muscle groups in order to correct and improve posture and muscle performance.
Our occupational therapists will assist you with basic core strengthening exercises and over time you exercises may be modified to more advanced activities as your core strength improves.
Other Pain You Might Feel
Do you feel like you have bad core strength? Read more about what might be the cause of your poor core strength and how we can help.
Podiatry and Core Strength
The core muscles are extremely important in lower extremity muscle function. Just as a mechanical problem in the foot can affect other, higher links in the chain, core training can have a positive effect on foot function.
These are a few of the ways in which core strength training, including better hip flexibility and strengthening of the strong muscles located near the centre of the body (including the glutes, abdominals, hamstrings, quadriceps and hip flexors) affect foot function.
If an otherwise fit person doesn’t improve with traditional treatment, a podiatrist can perform some simple tests to detect conditions such plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.
Core strength training as part of a treatment plan
At Burswood Health we have experienced chiropractors, occupational therapists and podiatrists. Just call us to book an appointment to see how we can help you.