Core stability is a common term these days, but what does it actually mean?
During activity, function, and sport, our arms and legs provide most of the movement. They will get us from A to B, or position our hand where it can perform a task.
Our pelvis, spine, and shoulder girdle provide the platform from which this limb movement takes place. This can be considered our core. The goal is to have a stable core to provide a steady platform for the limbs to operate off. This needs to occur during heavy tasks, repetitive tasks, and while the core itself is changing its position.
How does the body achieve this?
- The brain must co-ordinate our core muscles to activate when needed. When this system is faulty some muscles will turn on too much, and others will turn on too little or too late. Many important exercises are designed to improve the brains firing of muscles - so they learn to turn on just the right amount at just the right time.
- Our muscles in the core need to be strong enough to hold our platforms stable. Once we have them activated appropriately, then we can get them strong. Important muscles of the "core" are those in our deep abdominal region, pelvic floor, deep spine, buttocks (gluteal), and shoulder girdle.
- A balance between tight muscles and weak muscles around the joints must be achieved, which helps with appropriate muscle activation and strength development.
Developing your core requires an individual exercise program to be applied. Everybody is different. Expert analysis and exercise prescription is provided by RHP Physiotherapists. If required, ultrasound analysis of your core muscles is available at RHP, and our physiotherapists run Physio Core Exercise Classes which are the perfect place to begin to stabilise your core.