OC Sports & Rehab


Exercising your core is essential in achieving optimal health as well as reducing the risk of injury while working out. Core strength is frequently promoted as an important component of fitness in popular workout routines. In the medical community, the core is frequently blamed for common ailments including low back discomfort and bad posture.

Physical therapists are usually entrusted with increasing core strength in order to reduce pain, improve posture, prevent injury, and promote wellness. However, with so many core exercises to choose from, it can be tough to know which ones are best for a quick workout.

The Core’s Anatomy

From the diaphragm to the pelvis, the core stretches from the mid-thorax to the lower abdomen, encircling the body’s internal organs. The muscles shown are generally referred to as the core muscles, however several other muscles also contribute to core strength.

The rectus abdominis is in charge of forward trunk bending, while the erector spinae is in charge of backward trunk bending. The trunk is rotated by the internal and external obliques. The lower abdomen, or the area below the belly button, is pulled toward the spine by the transverse abdominis, which acts as an internal “belt” that holds this area firmly in place.

These are the core muscles that are most widely identified. To build a well-rounded core workout, they must be trained individually.

The attachment of the latissimus dorsi  and gluteus maximus, or buttocks muscle, to the connective tissue of the low back is a lesser known structure for core support. The thoracolumbar fascia is a connective tissue that connects the lumbar spine to the surrounding supporting muscles, allowing the lumbar spine to move freely.

Reducing Risk of Injury

Core strength is an important component of fitness and injury prevention, and it should be included in nearly every personal training program. Core training, on the other hand, can be difficult, and if pain persists while attempting to strengthen these muscles, it’s better to seek the advice of a certified specialist to check the form and physical limits. Physical therapists are experts in bodily movement and are specially qualified to assist patients in improving their abilities in these areas.

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