Why Core for Back?
Learn how core training can help alleviate back pain by eliminating muscle imbalances
Sean Lee, NASM ACE – CPT, NSCA – CSCS
Fitness Expert, Barrington, IL
How does core training help protect against back pain?
Core training, also known as core stabilization training, improves the stability, strength, and endurance of the muscles that cross the trunk, abdomen, and pelvis. The core muscles are responsible for maintaining normal postural alignment; producing, distributing and absorbing force while weight bearing, and provide a foundation for movement.
A weak or poorly conditioned core leads to muscle imbalances and postural changes that result in undue stress to the back muscles, facet joints, and intervertebral discs. Due to the excessive load these structures must to take on to compensate you begin to get back pain and stiffness.
A well designed core training program will promote the proper alignment of the bones and curvatures of the spine, improve the strength and activation of the deep core stabilizers, and encourage muscles to remain loose and at their normal resting lengths.