Core stability is the ability to control the position and movement of the core. It involves maintenance of good posture and balance during movement.
The core is made up of 3 muscles:
Core stability is important in reducing your risk of injury and improve performance. A strong core ensures a strong platform for your other muscles to work off. Your core muscles are the main structures that support and control the movement of your trunk. They work 24-hours a day and are responsible for endurance type work. Research evidence informs us that many back pain sufferers have poor control of their core muscles. Without addressing this deficit, back pain may continue to worsen and limit functional tasks. We also know that even if your back pain starts to improve, your core strength does not automatically improve. It is therefore important to talk to your physiotherapist and have your core strength assessed. Your therapist can set you up with an exercise program to target this and help with your recovery.
Core strength and stability is essential for pain-free daily tasks. Core exercises are used in the rehabilitation of:
Below is a quick video showing some core exercises. Please ensure you discuss with your therapist before trying these out!