Core Stabilization

The trunk and its associated muscles make up the core.

The extremities are the arms, forearms, hands, thighs, legs, ankles/feet.

Strong core muscles provide a foundation for the extremities to attach to and work more efficiently.

It is hypothesized that a weak core can cause excessive stress on the extremity muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.

Core strengthening is a multi-joint exercise, involving larger muscle groups such as:

  • The chest,
  • Abdominals,
  • Back/hip,
  • Thigh muscles, and
  • Shoulder blade muscles.

Core strengthening is often incorporated as part of a low back or neck rehabilitation program to help support the spine.

Because recovery or enhancement of core strength provides a stable base for the extremities, it is also commonly part of an arm, forearm, thigh, leg or ankle program.

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