WHAT IS THE CORE AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE STRONG CORE WHEN I HAVE BACK PAIN OR SCOLIOSIS?
A good core routine will target not just your abs but all the muscles that attach to the spine and pelvis including your obliques, glutes, lower back, pelvic floor and hip muscles as seen in the image on the left.
The muscles of the torso are typically the ones to come to mind when you think of your core, but they actually extend down into your legs. The core muscles of your upper body get support and assistance from your hip muscles. These include your hip flexors; abductors, along the outside of your thighs; and adductors, along the inside of your thighs. Even your hamstrings, which extend down the backs of your thighs, and your glutes -- together known as the hip extensors -- are considered core muscles. Without these muscles to assist the rest of your core, you'd find it difficult to sit down and stand up, lift heavy items or extend your legs.
- Here are some adviced core stability and strength exercises for patients with scoliosis or back weakness.
- Please suret that you are not in pain before you trying any of these exercises and I advice you to consult with your physical therapist before trying them as not all exercises are for everyone! and can actualy harm you if your bosy is not ready.
- In the examples below, my great patient T (who have scoliosis and is in the Rigo brace) is demonstrating her core exercises routine, BUT I have to share with you that we are working together for close to 4 years and she gradually improved to this performance.