What exactly is your core? If you guessed the abdominal muscles, you’re only partly right. Many people wrongly assume core exercises are to get that coveted six pack. While having a six pack may look nice, it doesn’t guarantee a strong, stable core. That’s because the core is made up of more than just abs, it includes the chest, diaphragm, hips, spine, back muscles, glutes, and pelvic floor. Basically, take out your arms and legs, and it encompasses everything in your torso. It is the grand central station of motion and function in your body. Let’s talk about some reasons why you should strengthen your core, and how that fits in with your physical therapy.
Who needs a strong core? Are you an athlete? A stay at home mom? Do you have an office job? Are you a living human being? Ideally, everyone should have a strong core because every movement from sitting, bending, walking, lifting, turning, etc. all depend on movement and stability from the core. The three major reasons for having a strong core are to:
Thankfully, strengthening your core doesn’t require loads of equipment or a lot of time. It can be done just about anywhere and even just a few minutes a day can make a difference in your core strength. Listed below are some favorite core go-to exercises:
Whatever your reason for having physical therapy, be it your back or shoulders, or any other injury, having a strong core will assist in your healing and rehabilitation. A strong core can be compared to a solid foundation for a house. When the foundation is strong, you can build up from there. A strong core provides a sturdy foundation that ensures a balanced body and all other movements can be maximized from there. Expect your physical therapist to include core strengthening exercises into your regimen, and if they haven’t, request some that are suitable to you and your injury. Within a few weeks after doing core strengthening exercises, you should be standing taller, and while no six pack may be there, confidence should be.
Having a strong core should be on everyone’s to-do list. Better balance and posture, less pain, and less chance of injuries; it’s a key area physical therapists aim to strengthen. Give us a call at Blue Hill Sports and Spine Rehabilitation, and our team can help you with an individualized plan!