When most people think of core muscles, they immediately think of the abdominals. However, the core is made up of much more than that! In fact, your core muscles include your abdominal, lower back, diaphragm, pelvic and gluteal muscles.
The group of muscles that make up your core help with stabilizing your body, constructing your posture, and allowing your skeleton to move properly. When any of the muscles within that group become weak, your body experiences an instability that makes it difficult for your body to function properly. As a result, you end up compensating by straining different areas of the body, most commonly the back and neck muscles. As a result, this leads to undesirable consequences, such as poor posture, fatigue, inflammation, or pain.
Fortunately, at NorthStar Physical Therapy, we can help relieve or avoid those unwanted symptoms by strengthening your core! To find out more about our core strengthening treatment, contact our office today.
How will core strengthening benefit me?
When you are experiencing pain, sometimes it is necessary to seek the assistance of a trained professional in the field of human movement. At NorthStar Physical Therapy, our licensed Star physical therapists will conduct a physical evaluation in your home to determine where the pain is rooted and what muscles must be strengthened in order to correct it.
Whether you are feeling pain in your back, neck, shoulders, or legs, we will perform a thorough analysis of your posture, movement, and strength to pinpoint exactly what is causing your pain. From there, we will create an individualized treatment plan for you based on your specific needs, aimed at strengthening your core, improving your posture, and alleviating your pain.
Rebuild your core strength today
Our practice will provide you with the tools, techniques, and skills required for helping you rebuild your core strength. Some common treatments may include:
- Abdominal exercises. These will never include damaging exercises such as situps or crunches. Instead your core specialist at NorthStar Physical Therapy will guide you through innovative and highly effective techniques centered around breathing. Abdominal exercises help strengthen the abdominal muscles that work with your core.
- Gentle exercises. Our physical therapist may suggest beginning with gentle and safe exercises, such as leg lifts or pelvic tilts. These types of exercises can help strengthen your back, pelvic, and abdominal core muscles.
- Whole body exercises. Exercises such as squats and arm curls are safe effective ways to activate your core when done correctly. Your Portland, Oregon in home physical therapist will assess and prescribe exercises specific for your condition.
- Manual therapy. Gentle, yet highly effective manual therapy techniques may be used to optimize alignment so the muscles in your core can fully activate. Alignment is key for full core engagement.
Are you looking to strengthen your core? Contact Us Today at Star, ID Center to Request a physical therapy appointment with NorthStar Physical Therapy today! We’ll get your core back where it needs to be so you can live a much healthier and happier life.