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Increasing your core stability means making the
muscles of your
trunk stronger to keep your spine and body stable. This helps you
stay balanced when you move.
Core stability benefits everyone, from older people to top
Core stability exercises are easy to do. It's more important that you do them well than
that you do a lot of them. That's why it's a good idea to have a physical
therapist check to
be sure you have learned to use the right muscles and breathe normally while
you do the exercises.
When you do any core stability exercise, it's important to make sure:
You can do this exercise anywhere, in any
position. Try it while you work at your desk, drive, or stand waiting for your
turn at the drugstore.
you have mastered these simple exercises, your physical therapist can help you find more challenging ways to work on your trunk
muscles. For example, you might do some activities while standing up, then do
the same activities while sitting on a large ball called a Swiss ball. The ball
makes it harder for you to keep your balance as you do the activity.
Other Works Consulted
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Leetun DT, et al. (2004). Core stability measures as
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Marshall PW, et al. (2005). Core stability exercises
on and off a Swiss ball. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 86(2): 242–249.
Negrini S, et al. (2010). Rehabilitation of lumbar spine disorders: An evidence-based clinical practice approach. In WR Frontera et al., eds., DeLisa's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice, 5th ed., vol. 1, pp. 837–882. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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