Dr. Anique Walters, PT
Concierge and lifestyle Physical Therapy
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Empowering YOU Through Movement

Concierge Physical Therapy blog to empower patients with health, wellness, prevention and rehabilitation education to improve their lifestyle and overall well-being. 

Core work, but why?!

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“OMG I totes need to work on my core!”… true! but do you know why?

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So yesterday I explained that our spine was designed to move which to many people seems to be in complete contradiction to building a strong core, but they are actually perfect compliments.

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Mobility requires strength.

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Core strengthening is so essential in the protection of our body not to restrict movement in our spine, but to assist movement in our spine. Without the core musculature our body must rely on the bones and ligaments for stability and support which is when problems occur.  Those structures are not supposed to used like that.

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Think of your deep core muscles as the scaffolding for your spine. Californians know all too well that a building with the ability to move and sway is going to fair much better in an earthquake than one that is completely stiff and rigid.

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It is important to first train your core in a position of stability so that your brain and your body know how to recruit them properly and then start to add levels of movement. Work your way up to functional activities.

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Stability. Mobility. Livability. 

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-Doc AAW