Why Core Strength Is Important


What is core strength and why is everyone talking about it?  Many people think of their abdominal muscles when they hear the word “core.”  The core muscles include the abdominals, lower back muscles, and hip muscles. These muscles work together to give your body a strong foundation since they connect your upper and lower body. Core training is not specific to athletes; it is important for people of all ages!

When you have a strong core, you have better balance and stability, which decreases your risk for falls. You are also at less risk to injure yourself while lifting or performing other daily activities. Many activities that you perform throughout the day require the use of core muscles, including mopping, vacuuming, gardening, bathing, dressing, or even standing still. Without these core muscles, you would put a lot of wear and tear on your spine and other joints in your body.

There are many problems that can arise from weak core muscles.  It is no secret that Americans are more overweight and sedentary than we were 50 years ago. We spend longer hours at work, more time in the car, and more time on the couch.  Poor posture and lack of activity can take a toll on your core strength.  Back pain, hip pain, gait impairments, and poor balance are a few side effects of weak core muscles.

Physical therapy can treat and manage these conditions. A physical therapist is able to evaluate and treat the cause of these conditions and can show you ways to strengthen your core.  Talk to your physical therapist about improving your core strength at your next session!

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