Why do I need a strong core?
Answer me this question:
Have you always been physically active, yet you still get injured every now and then? If yes, you really need to work on your core!
Having a strong core is not only important for people who do sport, but it also has lots of health benefits for office workers, older adults, young children and pregnant women.
Which are the core muscles in your body?
The spine is supported by core muscles in the front and back. This makes sure that you have enough stability and flexibility in your spine when you move.
How would having a strong core benefit you?
That’s a really easy question to answer as there has been lots of research on this!
Solves more than half of your back problems:
The latest research shows that most back problems start due to weak core muscles that don’t support the spine in the best way possible. When you have strong core muscles, they take a lot of the load and pressure off your spine, meaning that it doesn’t get achy and works like it should do!
Improves your posture and balance:
Many conditions such as arthritis or other muscular or neurological conditions play havoc with your balance which means that you are more likely to fall over. pose a threat to cause If you are using a mobile phone or computer for any length of time, then odds are that you might have developed a poor posture which will lead to back problems. A combination of strong abdominal and back muscles means that your posture is good and that can prevent falls as well!
Helps to prevent injuries in your hips, knees and ankles:
The core muscles are responsible for taking on most of the load that comes from the head, neck and upper part of the spine. This also reduces the load and the forces that go down into your hips, knees and ankles. It is vitally important for all people who do sport, run or work in an office to develop enough core strength to prevent any musculoskeletal injuries in the lower joints.
How do you know if you have a strong core?
There are several tests to measure the strength in different core muscles in your body. The best way to test yourself at home is by doing a plank and note for how long you can hold the position!! (Target to reach at least a minute! When doing the plank, it will feel like the longest minute of your life! )
Pilates is an excellent way of developing and exercising your core muscles all at the same time, so please check out our Pilates link here. It is a form of exercise that is becoming more important and we are asked about it all the time in our Sittingbourne and Maidstone Physiotherapy Clinics!
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