Our core gets inhibited or stops working after a back or pelvic injury. It can also be inhibited during pregnancy and after you have your baby, and definitely after abdominal surgery! When our core isn’t working other muscle compensate. This lack of protection from our core can cause micro-trauma to our spine and hips.
Symptoms of a weak core
Mid back stiffness
A feeling of poor control or stability of your trunk
Stretching your back throughout the day
Pain or increased tension with core exercises
Myths about our core
If I have a six-pack I have a strong core.
Our core strength has very little to do with our six-pack or abs! You can have a flat belly and defined rectus abdominis muscles and have a core that does not work!
The plank is the best exercise for your core.
Actually it is the worst exercise for core engagement. Our research over the last 6 years has shown that the plank has the least success in engaging your core.
What is the best exercise to do for your core?
The best exercise incorporates the hip motions of walking. Stepping up and engaging your side muscles have the best chance of engaging your core. As always, if you want to know for sure, get imaging. SEE IT