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A lot is being said lately about the core muscles and their role in improving athletic performance and preventing certain types of injury. However, there is sometimes some confusion about what muscles make up the “core”. The core muscles have been described as the corset of muscles that wrap around the abdomen and back. They are known as the “core” because they provide a solid base for the initiation of movement in the extremities. Core stability is critical for proper posture, movement and balance.
Different muscles are sometimes included by experts in the list of core muscles, but generally they are the muscles that run the length of the trunk and the torso. These muscles are grouped here and include:
Physiotherapists regularly make use of core stability in their rehabilitation programs because it helps all the muscles of the core to work more efficiently together. Strong core muscles benefit not just the athlete, but the housewife, employees who do heavy lifting on their jobs, pregnant women as well as those who have just given birth. Core stability trains all the muscles to contract together at the right time – before any movement of the extremities takes place - and thus prevent injury. At Oakridge Physiotherapy, we can help you improve your functional fitness by improving your core stability via physiotherapy, so you can perform better at whatever you do. Why not come in and see us today?
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