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Core Strengthening

| August 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Core strengthening, also refered to as spinal stabilization exercises, target the abdominal and low back muscles in order to prevent back injury and/or decrease low back pain.  A strong core acts as a natural back brace decreasing the risk of injury during lifting activities.

Specific muscles targeted during core training include the transversus abdominis, internal and external obliques, quadratus lumborum, and paraspinals – including the small multifidi.  Strengthening these muscles decreases back pain from hyperflexibility, or instability of the low back.  Any corresponding type muscles should be stretched to improve muscle balance.

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Targeted core exercises include crunches, planks, bridges, and lumbar extensions.  Specific types of exercise such as yoga, Pilates or plyometrics also incorporate a lot of core strengthening and stabilization exercises.  When incorporating exercise classes, it is important to find one at the appropriate level.  Beginners are more likely to be injured when jumping into more advanced training programs before they have developed the appropriate flexibility and strength.



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Christopher Burton, M.D.

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Christopher Burton, M.D. is a physician, speaker, coach and trainer, practicing in Pensacola, FL. He specialized in Physiatry - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), which is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions - particularly those of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems - that may produce temporary or permanent impairment of function. In addition to his practice, he actively lectures on health, nutrition and exercise for healthcare groups, colleges, schools and travels internationally discussing treatment and rehabilitation of athletes.

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