What is the Core?

The ‪#‎Core‬:

What is the core? The core or the “powerhouse” is a group of muscles in the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex that stabilize and support the spine and pelvis for dynamic activity. These muscles primarily include the transversus abdominis, multifidi, internal/external obliques, diaphragm, and the pelvic floor muscles.

Repetitive movement without appropriately initiating the core first can lead to Valsalva maneuvers and increased shearing of the spine resulting in pain during movement. Additionally, the amount of ground reaction forces the spine must absorb during dynamic activity changes depending on the activity. Therefore the body must learn to automatically engage the core instead of trying to volitionally brace before any activity. The therapists at Body Gears take the extra time to ensure that proper core activation is achieved during dynamic activity to facilitate automatic core engagement and promote stability of the spine. The resulting motion is not big, but can make a HUGE difference in movement patterns and pain presentation.

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Campbell A, Kemp-Smith K, O’Sullivan P, Straker L. Abdominal Bracing Increases Ground Reaction Forces and Reduces Knee and Hip Flexion During Landing. The Journal Of Orthopaedic And Sports Physical Therapy [serial online]. March 8, 2016;:1-23. Available from: MEDLINE, Ipswich, MA. Accessed March 24, 2016.

Faries MD, Greenwood M. Core Training: Stabilizing the Confusion. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 2007;29:10-25.

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