We are all familiar with the word ‘core’. When you refer to core strength, ab workouts, sit-ups and six-pack abs are often the first things that come to mind. But the truth is, abdominals are only a small part of the system of muscles that make up your core. A strong core is fundamental and much more important than the superficial associations that are all too common.
Not only does core facilitate movement, but it houses your inner organs and central nervous system. Whether you're hitting a tennis ball, lifting groceries or mopping the floor, the necessary motions either originate in your core, or move through it. To put it simply, your core muscles underpin almost everything you do.
So why exactly do Chiropractors reiterate the importance of a strong core? And, why do they try to incorporate exercises involving core in their Chiropractic care programs?
Here are five reasons why Chiropractors tell you core is vital to your overall well-being and the benefits associated:
1. Core is how you maintain your posture and keep good alignment
Individuals are often prone to pain or bad alignment when they have poor posture. But poor posture isn’t just a bad habit, weak core muscles contribute to your slouching behavior. By ensuring your core is strong and you have good posture, it lessens the wear and tear on your spine and allows you to breathe deeply and easily transport oxygen to your muscles. It also allows you to gain the full benefits associated with exercising, by increasing your overall exercise output.
A stronger core ultimately leads to good posture and keeps your body aligned, which leaves you feeling better throughout the course of the day and any daily activities you do. It helps you sit or stand for long periods of time and, good posture naturally projects more confidence - which is great for your mental and emotional health too!
2. A strong core helps prevent injuries
Core stability exercises are implemented to restore and enhance core stability in programs for both injury prevention and injury rehabilitation. The key to preventing long-term injuries is balance—balance among our muscle groups and balance between weight training and aerobic fitness.The healthier and balanced you can be in your busy schedule, the less likely you are to encounter injury.
3. A strong core reduces back pain
Back pain is one of the most common issues for Americans. It has been stated that a massive four out of five Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. This is a significant number of individuals who could potentially avoid needing to pay for treatment. How? By engaging in exercises that promote well balanced core muscles. Core exercises are often prescribed as part of an overall Chiropractic care program to relieve back pain. So, get on the front foot and start an exercise regime including core to minimize the risk of developing that debilitating back pain.
4. Your core protects your inner organs and central nervous system
Vital organs, your central nervous system and some of your body’s largest veins and arteries are all based around your center or around your “core”. Your core supports your entire body, especially your head and neck. It is imperative to have a strong core to protect these systems as you move through your day. It’s easy to forget about all the functions that occur internally, but they are the most important so you need to remember to look after them!
5. Core is a crucial part of your balance and stability
A strong core means your fundamental muscles such as abdominals, pelvis and lower back all know how to work together. When they work together, you have better balance and stability, making simple activities such as walking, running and sitting much easier. Good balance and stability allows you to move in any direction, on any terrain or surface confidently. Strong core muscles support your body, minimizing the strain on your muscles and joints.
It is also critical to maintain a strong core throughout your lifespan as this is the type of strength that is important as you get older. Good balance lowers your risk of accidentally falling; something that becomes quite common among the older population. The healthier and stronger you are as you age, the longer you will be able to continue doing the activities you enjoy and maintain your independence.
Your core is a main central link in a chain that connects your upper and lower body. Weak, tight, or unbalanced core muscles can be detrimental to any of the above health benefits and in turn, affects you being able to comfortably and efficiently complete day-to-day tasks. There should be no more excuses or uncertainty surrounding what the benefits of a strong core entails; make sure you include core movements and exercises in a regular regime so you continue to feel great!
At Auburn Chiropractic Associates, we work through your issues, providing treatment to relieve short term pain and working with you to provide an individualized treatment plan to ensure prevention for the future. Contact us today to book an appointment.