Having good core strength is important in maintaining efficient posture and can be crucial in helping treat and prevent low back pain. Many people are surprised to learn that having a good 6-pack does not guarantee good core strength and stability. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to talk about how a good core is about more than just your abs.
The Abdominal Canister
A better name for the core is the “abdominal canister.” This canister is formed by the diaphragm on top, the pelvic floor on the bottom, the traverse abdominis and obliques around the sides and front, and mutifidus muscles in the back. When these muscles work in good coordination, they help stabilize the spine and the body’s center of gravity in daily movement. The muscles also help protect the spine and reduce stress on the lumbar vertebrae and intervertebral discs.
Because the diaphragm forms the top of the canister, good breathing mechanics are key in establishing and maintaining good core control. Physical therapy can be beneficial in training the core muscles to help reduce pain and optimize function.
Minnesota Physical Rehabilitation
At OrthoRehab Specialists, our Minnesota physical therapists have been helping patients throughout the Twin Cities regain mobility and reduce pain for nearly three decades. We offer direct access to physical therapy for patients in Minnesota, and also have referral relationships with more than 600 local providers. Whether you’re recovering from surgery, dealing with a sports-related injury, or recovering from a debilitating condition – physical therapy can help get you moving again. Contact us today at our Edina or Minneapolis physical therapy clinics to set up your appointment!
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