“Core stability” is a buzzword regularly used by doctors and therapists. But do you actually know what it means and how to get your core working effectively?
Many people complain of back pain or hip pain when in actual fact the pain stems from a lack of true deep core muscles. These deep muscles lie in your abdomen, pelvis, and lower back, and support your spine as well as the rest of your body when moving. Imagine you are shooting a canon from a canoe; your canon ball will not get very far on a wobbly surface. Your body acts the same way, if your core is not stable, you will have less force and strength in the rest of your body. Your spine will also be left unsupported and vulnerable.
A strong core however acts as a corset to support your lower spine. These muscles help create good postural alignment, they control the movement of your spine, and they provide a base for the movements of your arms and legs. Having a strong core is important for carrying out all day to day activities, from walking, lifting, carrying, gardening and so on.
Pilates is a form of exercise to help strengthen your core muscles, and it is safe and effective.