Core Stability refers to the ability of the body to control the trunk or ‘core’. Good core stability is using the right muscles at the right time, at the right intensity to control the trunk appropriately for activities to take place.
How does physiotherapy help to achieve good core stability?
A physiotherapist can assist in a core strengthening programme to facilitate and promote a better posture, which in turn will assist better use of muscle activation and therefore better movement.
Core stability retraining is important for the treatment of many areas including:
- Lower back pain
- Woman’s health – pelvic floor and peri-natal period
- Pre-hab (injury prevention)
- Performance enhancement
- Falls prevention
Symptoms of instability
- Sudden jolts of pain in the back for no particular reason, eg. when performing a trivial action.
- Difficulty getting back up to the vertical after bending forwards, often having to push up on the fronts of the thighs to stand upright.
- A sudden catch of pain when almost returned to vertical from bent over.
- A sudden severe pain with a “giving way feeling” of one leg.
The best way to check if you could have better core strength is to chat to your physio, who will get you to perform a few physical tests and recommend some options. Pilates is a great way to improve your core muscles. Several of the physiotherapists in our Practice are trained to hold group or private classes. Use our handy appointment form to make some enquiries.