One of the most effective and powerful aspects of physical therapy is core strength training. The set of muscles that make up your core also work to anchor your center of gravity. This helps maintain your balance, both when you’re moving and when you’re standing still. *Something along the lines of improving LBP and pelvic floor weakness
Through physical therapy treatments, you can strengthen your core while simultaneously improving any balance or stability issues you may be experiencing. For more information on how core strength training can help you balance yourself, contact Integrated Physical Therapy in McKinney today! In the meantime, read over these core strengthening exercises and how they can help you.
The importance of a strong core
Many people think that when they are exercising their upper abdominal muscles, that they’re exercising their core. The upper abdominals are an important part of core strength, but they aren’t the exact muscles you need to be targeting!
Your exclusive core muscles are located in your pelvis, hips, and lower back, along with the transversus abdominis muscles that make up the “pelvic corset.” These core muscles serve as your body’s natural stabilizers, making constant adjustments in response to nerve cells called “proprioceptors,” which give you your sense of spatial awareness.
As your core becomes stronger through physical therapy treatment at Integrated Physical Therapy you will be able to steady your balance much easier. When muscles are weak, it is more difficult to balance yourself from your center of gravity. This increases your risk for falls, and it can affect your arm and upper body movements. Back pain, difficulty in standing up from a seated position, and incontinence may also indicate an unstable core.
What to expect during physical therapy
At Integrated Physical Therapy in McKinney we are equipped with the necessary skills, techniques, and tools for helping you rebuild your core strength.
When you arrive for your initial evaluation, your McKinney physical therapist will examine your gait, stance, and core muscles. By doing so, they’ll be able to better determine exactly where the weakness is centered, and which muscles are in need of strengthening.
Once your evaluation is complete, your physical therapist will design an individualized treatment plan based on your individual needs. They may elect to use any of the above mentioned exercises as well as incorporate others into your treatment!
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If you have a weak core or you’re struggling with your balance, physical therapy can help!