Wellness Wednesday: Importance of the Core

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Loudoun County, Va. — Our core is our whole body’s support system. It helps stabilize and transfer forces from the upper body to the lower body. The core is made up of more than just our abs – as most people think of a six pack when they hear core or ab strength.

Your core consists of:

  • Transverse abdomens
  • Obliques
  • Rectus abdominis
  • The diaphragm
  • Multifid
  • Hip musculature
  • Pelvic floor

What Happens When Your Core is Weak

When your core is not strong you are more prone to injury, as the core is incorporated in almost every movement. A weak core can lead to back, hip, knee and shoulder injuries. If your core is not doing its job other body parts need to work harder to compensate, which lead to injury.

Training Your Core

It is important to train your core to allow for functional movements with proper support. Walking, sitting, running, lifting and so many more activities require a strong core to be able to support the body and allow you to perform at the top level. The best way to begin strengthening these muscles is with anti-rotation and isometric moves. You should avoid repetitive patterns such as flexion and rotation – the go to sit-ups and Russian twists are ones to avoid when beginning to work on core stabilization.

Note from our sponsor: Call Loudoun Sports Therapy Center for tips on how to gain and maintain a strong core to help you sit and walk for longer periods. Physical therapy will help get you back to any activity you may enjoy and will teach you ways to avoid injury!

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Loudoun Sports Therapy Center is a premier physical therapy clinic. We offer outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy as well as specialty programs.

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