Stability Core

Stability Core is a term that has been defined in several different arenas from physical therapists, physicians, fitness trainers, etc. We look at stability core as the small muscles that impact the segmental movements of your spine.  The large muscle groups gives you power and gross or full spine movements like lifting, major twisting, elongation, and large functional movements.  The smaller group called multifidus and interspinalis basically work between the individual vertebrae and allow, support, and guide segmental movements of the spine.  

Often after injury, because of the pain or discomfort, we allow our backs to become very restrictive and depend on the large muscle groups to control movement patterns hoping to prevent continued injury.  In the short run this is helpful, but once the body heals you must work it back to normal segmental function or you add the risk of asymmetrical wear and tear on your back. Core Stability exercises remind the brain of the correct way for the back to move and help to re-educate this process into everyday activities.  

Per Dr. Stanley Paris, “the back is the link between the two sets of extremities and all the forces that come up through the legs (ground force) or are placed on it by the arms – it must not be the weak link – hence the emphasis on core stabilization – the trunk is the core.  The spine is where shocks are largely absorbed and forces transferred.”