Core Muscles- Necessary?

You've heard it before, "You need to work on your core muscles!" Having a strong core doesn't mean you have to have SIX-PACK ABS.   The core consists of the muscles of your midsection.  The core muscles are your foundation and function as the body's stabilizer.  Not only does your core allow you to twist, bend, and move your torso, it PROTECTS your spine and it protects YOU.  Unfortunately, as we age, the core gets weaker, especially if we don't make an effort to maintain and/or strengthen it.  And as muscle mass decreases, flexibility weans, and your cat-like reflexes aren't quite what they use to be, your balance suffers and you know as well as I do, you DON'T want to fall.  
 
Think of your spine like the mast of a sailboat.  That mast requires lots of rigging for support and reinforcement against opposing loads.  Similarly, your core muscles provide the strength and support your spine needs for safe, controlled movement.  Not only that, your muscle can be strengthened and are resilient and can help protect the less resilient bones and nerves in your spine.
 
While the HOW'S to strengthen your core are beyond the scope of our brief discussion, you may be surprised to find out that some can be done while sitting in chair.  We can give tips, provide resources, and/or refer to physical therapy.  We'd love to help you out.
Author
Nathan Franke, PA-C Nathan was raised in Nebraska and received his undergraduate degree from University of Nebraska. He furthered his studies and completed his Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Georgia. He then went on to work as a clinical exercise physiologist in cardiac rehabilitation for seven years in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Nathan decided to climb the clinical ladder and advanced his education and completed a Master's in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Nathan has extensive experience in the field of spine and pain management for a combined 8+ years. He has assisted in surgical spine cases, in addition to his current focus on spine and pain management. Outside of the office, Nathan enjoys time with family (and pet), exercising, and taking advantage of Arizona's great weather and spending time outdoors.

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