Engaging Your Core

Engaging Your Core

Developement of the core muscles has a huge affect on a persons posture and their susceptibility to injury.
The core muscles are used in nearly every action a person performs throughout their day, from walking, lifting
and sports, to sitting at a desk. Your core muscles stabilize yor spine, trunk and pelvic girdle while your limbs move.
"Engaging your core" is gently contracting or tightening up your transverse abdominus. It feels like you're gently
sucking your belly button in, toward your spine. This protects and supports your spine while you move.
 
 
The core musculature are your abdominal and spinal muscles;
-Rectus Abdominus
-Internal and External Obliques
-Transverse Abdominus
-Pelvic Floor & Diaphram
-Quadratus Lumborum
-Multifidi 
-Erector Spinae
There are many conditions associated with poor core strength. The most common are:
-Lower Back Pain
-Disk Herniation
-Poor Posture
-Muscle Spasm
-Chronic Pelvic Misalignment
In the majority of cases, a strong core would have prevented the occurance of these conditions in the first place. After the fact, core strengthening exercises are highly indicated to facilitate recovery and to prevent reinjury.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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