What is core stability?
The muscular system of the body is made up of deep muscles that help with control and stability and more superficial muscles that are necessary for movement and strength. This means all muscles are not created equal! Different muscles have different jobs to do and since “we get what we train” we need to train our muscles to do their intended job in order to maintain a healthy body and pain-free movement.
Your physiotherapist at Balanceﾠwill assess your symptoms and use specific muscle tests to evaluate the source of the problem. Any muscular imbalances or weaknesses identified will be addressed with an exercise program prescribed specifically for you. The exercises may include control training for the deep muscles and/or strengthening for the superficial muscles.
Statistics show that four out of five people experience lower back pain at least once in their lifetime thus low back pain is one of the most common complaints that bring people into physiotherapy clinics. Research outcomes on core control (stability exercises) for the lower back and hips have shown good success in treating and helping to prevent recurrences of these symptoms.
In many cases, specific muscle retraining has been shown to help decrease the repetitive micro-trauma that is believed to lead to the degenerative changes in the musculoskeletal system that most of us experience as we age. In other words, by exercising these muscles regularly we may help reduce pain and inflammation over the long term.