The key to rehabbing from injury, preventing injuries and improving performance is core strengthening. The ability to move correctly, and with strength, comes from the core.
Our bodies are designed to work like a pyramid, with our core at the base. Other muscles contract and relax, but the core stays engaged throughout the process. After injury, the pyramid gets flipped on its head. Now, rather than stabilizing in anticipation of movement, our bodies react to movement.
This is not very effective, and it takes a lot more effort. It’s also one of the reasons why our back and pelvic muscles tend to become so tight and sore. They’re trying to stabilize an unstable structure.
Getting your core muscles to engage prior to, and throughout movement, is the key to stabilizing the structure and allowing the other muscles to work normally.
Core strengthening involves more than just abdominal exercises. After an injury, our core stabilizing muscles are automatically inhibited. Retraining the activation of our deep core stabilizers is the start of the core strengthening process. Next, stabilization with simple movement is added. Finally, learning to stabilize through sport specific movements is where core stability retraining makes it’s most significant impact.
Our physiotherapists at Pivotal Health use Redcord and CoreX to identify and retrain core stability dysfunctions. By retraining your movement patterns we can help you move better, with less pain, and prevent future injury.