Core Stability – What, Why, Who, How?

What is core stability? Core stability is the ability of the supporting structures of the trunk to maintain correct position of the low back and pelvic girdle. This is due active structures (core muscles), passive structures (bones, ligaments, fascia) and neural control (messages from the brain/spinal cord via the nerves). Why is core stability important? Poor core stability leads to excessive movement to occur in the joints of the low back, pelvis and hip. Excessive movement directly increases the loading on these structures. Furthermore it can also lead to increased loading on the joints of the leg including the knee, ankle and foot. The increase in loading can result in injury and pain in any of these regions. Who is at risk of instability? :
  1. Acute/chronic low back pain sufferers
  2. Athletes
  3. Pre- and post-natal women
Can I improve my core stability? YES!!! You may require one or more of the following interventions to enhance your core stability:
  1. Hands on physiotherapy – Pain in the low back can be reduced and eliminated by hands on physiotherapy techniques and electrotherapy modalities. This allows for the muscles of the core to be reactivated.
  2. Clinical pilates -Clinical pilates is specially designed to increase the activation and strength of core muscles. Best results are achieved by gaining a specific, individualised program with a physiotherapist trained in clinical pilates.
How can I organise an assessment? Contact your local Physiohealth practice and our friendly staff will organise an appointment with a physiotherapist for you.
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