Core Strengthening Exercises
Do you feel like you’re being plagued by pulled-back muscles even though you exercise? Does your back feel weak and get injured frequently? Are you exercising your core? While they may not seem related, your core and your chiropractic care go hand in hand. At the Injury Centers of Brevard in Brevard County, FL, we understand the relationship between core strength and your chiropractic health and want to make sure that both are in their best conditions.
How your core is related to your chiropractor
When most people hear the term core strength, they immediately think of the abdominal muscles and nothing else. However, the core involves a lot more muscles and parts than just your abdomen, and those other muscles and parts make your core directly related to your chiropractic health. Your hip muscles (which include parts like abductors and flexors) and lumbar spine are also included in your core strength and stability, and it is the latter that is largely responsible for your posture, stability, and providing strength for that stability. This can be especially important when considering the effects that car accidents have on the body, as your lumbar and core strength can make your spine able to withstand more jostling without sustaining damage. Having a strong core can affect a lot about your body and physical well-being. Strong cores are correlated to better postures, reduced risk of sciatica issues and conditions, and a lowered risk of injury. It can also make everyday tasks easier to accomplish, not to mention make you more prepared to play in sports or other outdoor activities.
Core strengthening exercises
If you’ve recently suffered a traumatic injury to your back, whether it was from a fall, a pulled muscle, or a car crash, then it’s important to engage in regular core strengthening exercises. This can build strength back up after recovery, as well as help reduce your risk for future injuries. To do our part for your chiropractic core care, here are three of our favorite core strengthening exercises that will help you experience less pain and injuries:
- Teepee tilt – To do this one, you start in a normal plank position with your feet on a folded towel or blanket. When ready, slide your feet forward while keeping your legs straight until your body resembles the shape of a teepee. Hold for one to two seconds, then go back to plank pose.
- Hip thrusts – This one is as simple as it sounds. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your hand on your ribs. Lift your hips from the floor until your thighs are even with your body in a straight line, tightening your core muscles as you go. Relax, then repeat.
- All fourscore – For this exercise, get on all fours with your hands shoulder-width apart. Arch your back toward the ceiling with your head hanging down, tightening your muscles and pulling your stomach in towards your spine. Hold for two counts, then allow your back to relax and swoop towards the ground with your head held up, stretching your chest and stomach. Hold for a count or two, then repeat.
Chiropractic core care
Core strengthening exercises are important to good chiropractic care. If your core is stronger, you’re less likely to experience back issues, and when you do, it will be easier for us to treat them and for our treatments to last longer and be more effective. Core health can impact your overall health in unexpected ways, so it’s important to keep up with it. Contact us today for an appointment.