You see lots of people pumping away at the gym with their ’core blaster’ programs - and feeling the burn, but an abdominal work out is not the same as core stability.
Let’s not mix up the difference between core strength and core stability.
The strongest abs does not mean good stability. Core stability is an innate ability in infants. Babies use their muscles perfectly as they haven't had injuries that may disrupt the normal functioning of the core.
The role of core stability is to provide protection for the body, namely to the vulnerable back, but equally to the pelvis, the shoulder and the hip girdle. It produces a link between our upper and lower bodies giving dynamic and functional strength.
Core stability work is as much about the brain as the body, it is there to help the brain learn how to utilise your muscles more efficently – resulting in you being functioncally and dynamically stronger.
Core stability work does not produce a six-pack – and is not a quick fix approach. Gradual specific exercise is needed to re-learn the innate skills we were born with, and it affects every movement we make from mundane tasks like brushing our teeth – to arduous sports exercises.
Core stability work has been shown to help in many situations – in the recovery or prevention of back injuries – disc problems – sciatic irritation – and various sports related injuries. Importantly – it can also reduce the likelihood of new injuries
This advice is brought to you with the compliments of Mika at Shepperton Chiropractic Clinic – to read the full article please visit Core Stability or for more information Email or give Mika a call on 01931-429584.
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