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Our clinic specializes in successfully treating athletic injuries, pregnancy related pain, peripheral nerve entrapments (numbness in the extremities), jaw joint problems (TMJ), and headaches. These are also great topics for questions, in additon to those on general injuries, athletic performance enhancement, and nutritional advice.

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Disclaimer: one should always consult a health professional before beginning or modifying an exercise routine. The replies posted by Dr. Iodice are meant to help readers figure out a course of action and as general advice, but it is impossible to diagnose a physical problem without a proper examination.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Core Importance and Exercise

Having a strong core is important, especially since most physical activity involves these muscles. Core muscles are those muscles that make up our mid-section. They include the abdominals, obliques, lower back and glutes. These muscles are responsible for maintaining equilibrium and posture, while also providing stability for all forms of activity. By keeping the core strong, the rest of our body can function at a much greater efficiency. A strong core can help improve posture, prevent lower back pain and injury, and improve physical performance and balance. Some very effective core exercises involve abdominal bracing or “sucking in the gut”, planks, and bridges. Check out the video below for a great core work out!

The side bridge is a challenging exercise that builds strength and tones while being very safe for the low back if performed correctly. Listen for how to avoid the common error of lifting the pelvis vertically during the exercise. You can do this exercise with repetitions (ie 3 sets of 10 with a 5 to 10 sec hold), or it can be performed for time. I usually recommend starting at 30 sec and working up to 60-90 sec per side. Once you can complete a hold for this time, straighten the knees and perform the same motion, except with the feet contacting the ground (top leg in front of the bottom leg). Enjoy and have fun!

This exercise is part of a progression we might assign for back pain patients. If you or someone you know has back pain, please consider our clinic.

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