How Building Core Strength Protects Your Back from Injury

There’s a reason health and fitness enthusiasts sing the praises of core training. At In Touch NYC Physical Therapy, Keith Chan offers Pilates-based techniques to help you build a rock-solid core for optimal strength, flexibility, and movement. You can have stronger muscles, better posture, pain-free movement, and a strong injury-resistant back in no time.

Understanding your core

The muscles of your midsection do more than just house your internal organs. This area, known as your core, is the powerhouse of movement — and strengthening it is a cornerstone of physical fitness and overall wellness.

Next time you hit the gym, check the mirror and visualize your core as the center of your movement. Whether you’re running, jumping, or simply walking, your core transfers force as you move. If you have poor posture and bad balance, chances are you have a weak core.

You can reap major benefits from getting your core in shape, including increased stability, flexibility, and overall strength.

A strong core keeps you stable

It’s easy to assume that your arms and legs do all the work when you move, but the reality is your core facilitates virtually all of your physical activity. Movement begins at your center and spreads outward, so a stable base is paramount.

A strong core keeps the rest of your body stable and provides a solid foundation to initiate movement. This is essential for preventing injury in all areas of your body, but especially in your back. As you become more stable through core training, your muscles work more efficiently, protecting your back.

If you currently have a back injury, core stability plays a major role in rehabilitation therapy.

Core strength improves your flexibility

Flexibility is the foundation of exercise, yet it’s an often overlooked area. If you’re like many adults, your muscles are stiff and inflexible. Due to a reduced range of motion, muscles that are tight are much more prone to injury, and a lack of flexibility is a major contributor to many back injuries.

This is why you’ve likely heard how important it is to stretch before you exercise. Stretching just 15 minutes before a workout greatly reduces your risk of injury.

A developed core makes you stronger

Pilates-based techniques integrate your trunk, pelvis, and shoulder muscles to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles. The exercises may look easy, but the movements require a great deal of control and precision. It’s this control that builds strong muscles in your core area.

The stronger your back muscles, the less likely they are to become injured. When you perform movements that engage your core, your back muscles will have enough strength to support the movement, protecting yours from getting hurt in the process.

Building your core takes more than a few crunches, but the benefits are worth it. At In Touch NYC Physical Therapy, Keith Chan offers patients simple, effective techniques based on holistic principles to improve their core strength. Call us to schedule an appointment or use our online booking tool.

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