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Core stability basics

You know what the core is (kind of), but do you know how to stabilize it and why you need to? An article in Dynamic Chiropractic states, “a major goal… is to recruit core and stabilizing muscles throughout the entire kinetic chain to work together as parts of larger functional units in order to improve stability and control of motion throughout a full range of body movements while reducing tissue strain, avoiding trauma, and allowing safe, effective whole body activity.” So what does that mean? Functional exercises. Exercises that help engage the abdominal muscles and other muscles that help support the low back.A very basic maneuver for core stability can be performed lying on your back. With your knees bent and your back in a neutral position, draw your lower abdomen inwards to bring your belly button closer to the floor. Hold the contraction for about 10 seconds and then relax. Repeat this 5-10 times. Remember, this is only a basic move. There are an abundance of exercises to help strengthen the core which should be done on a daily basis. So why does the core need to be strong? The stronger the core, the less strain and workload placed on your back. The core is meant to help support the back. Doing core stability exercises can help reduce back pain and recurrences of back problems in the future.