You can’t shoot a cannon off a canoe!
You need a stable base to fire that cannon. Your core supports your entire body and allows you to put more power into whatever sport & movement you love.
Keep in mind we are using the word “core” and not “abs.” That’s for a reason. The core is not a clenched, hollowed-in abs appearance like 1960’s Arnold.
Rather, the ability to generate intra-abdominal pressure utilizing the postural function of the diaphragm through breathing. Your core is a cylinder, 360 degrees around the midsection. Put simply, the core is the anchor from which our arms and legs move. Proper stability and strength through the trunk will help keep the back injury free. It can also increase power in whatever sport/fitness/movement you love:
Lack of intra-abdominal pressure, aka “core” strength, can affect the entire kinematic chain and lead to consequences like hip instability, poor thoracic extension, lumbopelvic instability, increased intradiscal pressure, limited ankle dorsiflexion, chronic back tightness, decreased leg power, decreased scapular stability, early butt-wink in the squat, pelvic floor dysfunction, and more.
All core exercises are not created equal. Some movements to strengthen the abs can actually hurt you. If you want to get strong through the “core” feel free to dig a little deeper and download our free Upstate Spine & Sport’s complete Free Ebook: 3 Best Core Exercises!
Please reach out to us with any questions, we are a unique acupuncturist and chiropractor in Greenville, SC. We take a lot of pride in being hybrid clinicians, combining principles from many professions to get you back to what you love as quickly as possible!
Big shout out to an Upstate Spine & Sport mentor, Dr. Richard Ulm of CCRC, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, and Athlete Enhancement for the slide above.