Features March 2017 Issue

Strengthen Your Core to Ease Pain

Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet resting on the floor. Rest your fingers on your stomach just above your hip bones. Pull your belly button in toward your spine.

Strengthen Your Core to Ease Pain

Core muscles provide the foundation for pain-free movement. Start by strengthening the deep core muscles.

Everyone can benefit from building strength in their core, meaning the group of muscles in the abdomen, back, hips and pelvis. Having a strong core takes pressure off nearby joints and helps the body to maintain good posture. “The most important thing our core musculature does is give us a brace with movement,” says Cleveland Clinic physical therapist Jennifer Smith, PT, DPT, OCS. “We need this stability for greater mobility.” When evaluating patients with low back pain or pain in their lower extremities, Smith examines their core strength.

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