There is More to the Core Than What Meets the Eye!
Some of the most elite athletes may look good on the court, field, or track, but they may still have a weak core! Six-pack abs (Rectus Abdominis) look good, but Transverse Abdominis is what really needs attention. This muscle is part of our deepest core muscles, it is our built-in support structure for the spine and pelvis, and is key to our overall well being!
We are all amazing at finding the easiest way to function in life. We can simply adjust our posture in order to avoid using our core--it is so much easier! However, eventually that poor posture affects other body parts such as neck, shoulders, back, knees and feet. That’s when our bodies scream at us with PAINl! We need to activate our REAL core in order to support our whole body and keep us moving efficiently and pain-free.
How do we know if we are properly recruiting the REAL core? There is a fairly simple way to assess your core with use of palpation during specific movements, and when necessary, a useful biofeedback tool similar to a blood-pressure cuff, to help you learn how to engage your Transverse Abdominis in order to stabilize your pelvis.
If you would like to learn how to engage your REAL core, you are invited to join Darcy McCormick at her next Release PLUS class on Monday, June 24th, 5-6 pm. If you cannot attend this special class, make an appointment with any of our therapists at Balance Within PT to assess your CORE.