ONE-ON-ONE EXERCISE THERAPY
STRENGTHEN THE CORE MUSCLES THAT STABILIZE THE SPINE
STRENGTHEN THE MUSCLES OF THE EXTREMITIES
Low back pain can have many different causes, but usually results from some combination of over-use, muscle strain and/or injury to the muscles, ligaments and discs that support and stabilize the spine. When an injury to the core muscles is not managed correctly, it can lead to a weakness or imbalance of the spine resulting in persistent pain or frequent recurrences. Conversely, a strong core essentially creates a muscular corset that stabilizes the body and spine, thereby reducing pain, minimizing recurrences and preventing injury.
A strong, flexible core is essential in almost everything you do. You use your core during everyday activities, such as bending to put your shoes and socks on, sitting, standing, cleaning, working around the house, lifting packages, and the list goes on and on. At work you use your core to sit at your desk, often for hours without giving them a break. If you perform lifting tasks at work, you are also obviously using your core muscles.
So it is easy to see how a weak or imbalanced core can affect the quality of almost every aspect of your life. The development of a strong core leads to "functional fitness", the type of fitness that is essential in performing daily living activities without pain. The good news is that the core can be strengthened and made more flexible with the proper exercises and training.
To build a strong core you need to exercise several muscle groups from your pelvis to your shoulders, not just the abdominal muscles. While six-pack abs may look impressive, it is only a small part of developing a strong core. The following muscle groups are commonly included in the core muscles: rectus abdominis, erector spinae, multifidus, external obliques, internal obliques, transverse abdominus, hip flexors, illio-psoas, gluteus medius and minimus, gluteus maximus, hamstrings, piriformis and hip adductors.
At Succasunna Chiropractic & Spine Rehab we are experienced in evaluating the core for signs of weakness or instability, and provide one-on-one treatment to address these issues. Call today to get functionally fit and find the relief you need.