The “Core”, What is it and how do we strengthen it?
These muscle groups are important to target and build capacity in a number of injuries and play a huge role in the road to recovery. Not only in the obvious ones like low back pain, but also for a number of low body injuries at the hip, knee and ankle, and even injuries up the chain in the shoulder. The body is the master compensator and will always find a way to get the job done. So, without a solid base of support in your trunk, excess loading up and down the chain will often occur. By including accessory core exercises in our rehab or strength training we can ensure our recovery is optimal and our body is working at maximum efficiency.
Here are a few of my favourite accessory “core” exercise which I like to include in strength and rehab programs: