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Core Strength in Rockville

What a Chiropractor can help

Core strength is very important for spinal and pelvic floor health and unfortunately having a six pack is not necessarily indicative of having a strong core. At Rosa Chiropractic and Physical Therapy in Rockville, core strength is always addressed in patients especially presenting with low back and hip pain and discomfort, whether they are a cross-fit power lifter or a postpartum patient.

The core consists of consists of the traverse abdominis, multifidi, diaphragm and pelvic floor. An imbalance between any of these four muscle groups may lead to the possibility of low back pain or pelvic floor dysfunction.

Core Strength & Athletes in Rockville

Athletes and power lifters may notice low back pain while squatting. Some may notice that they can not lift as much weight as they once could or would like to. Core stability while lifting is very important to protect your body. When necessary, the chiropractor will go over recommended exercises that can be added to your pre and post workout routines, which include planks, the bird dog, the side bridge and the modified curl up.

Anatomically, your body is capable of maximizing torso stiffness. The abdominal wall, formed by internal oblique, external oblique and transverse abdominis, creates hoop forces and in the back, the obliques connect to the lumbodorsal fascia to complete the hoop or "anatomical belt". These structures together aid in spinal stiffness and stability and can be specifically targeted and trained.

Postpartum patients may notice incontinence especially when coughing, sneezing, and running. These symptoms are common following pregnancy, but are not normal. It is very important to retrain your core following birth. Consider talking to your chiropractor if you are experiencing anything listed above.

If you are looking to work on your core strength to help with low back pain or pelvic floor dysfunction, give our Rockville office a call.