Real Life Benefits of Core Strength
Why is Core Strength so Important?
Your core muscles (consisting of your transversus abdominus, rectus abdominus, obliques, multifidi, quadratus lumborum and diaphrahm) are the foundation for several movements from the upper and lower body, and the link that connects them together. No matter where motion starts, it trickles upwards and downwards to connecting links in our biomechanical chain. Weak and inflexible core muscles can impair how well the arms and legs function. Building up a strong core that maintains flexible and can endure life tasks is essential in almost everything we do:
- Activities of Daily living. Bending to pick up your child, checking your blindspot, sitting in a chair, mopping and vacuuming, or just standing a full day at work – these are some of the simple mundane things that rely on our core. You may not even think the core muscles are involved in these until they become difficult or cause pain.
- Work-Related Tasks. Jobs that involve bending, twisting, lifting and prolonged standing are dependent on a strong core. Less obvious tasks like administrative work where someone would sit at their workstation for several hours, engages the core as well. Admin work can make the back stiff and sore, especially if the core isn’t strong enough to practice good posture. ‘
- A Healthy Back. Low back pain can affect 4 out of 5 Canadians at some point in their life. Practicing exercises that promote a well-balanced, flexible and resilient core is one of the key steps in rehabilitating a sore back. Coupling treatment with therapy by your Vaughan chiropractor and individually prescribed exercises is one of the most effective ways to treat and prevent low back pain.
- Balance and Stability. The core is crucial in stabilizing the body, and allowing us to move in any direction and on any type of terrain. The ability to stand in one spot without losing balance stems from a strong core too. As we age, the risk of falls and fall-related injuries greatly increases too, thus establishing a strong core can greatly reduce the risk of falls.
- Good Posture. Weak core muscles contribute to slouching. Good posture helps with reducing wear and tear on the spine, allowing us to breathe deeply, and to stand taller with greater confidence, too!
What are some of the best exercises to strengthen our core?
Structured exercise programs like Pilates and yoga can help with core strengthening.
Evidence-based exercises such as the “bird-dog”, “cat-camel”, “modified curl-up”, “side plank” and “bridge” have been shown to greatly increase core strength and endurance.
If you’re ready to discuss how to build a strong core and the many benefits of core strength and endurance exercises, you should consider a consultation with your Vaughan chiropractor. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, give us a call 289-304-0536