Patients who have undergone physical therapy for the treatment of low back pain are probably familiar with the concept of strengthening the "core," the muscles of the abdomen, lower back and pelvis, which are located generally between the rib cage and the hips. Core conditioning is based on research that shows that before people move an arm or leg, those with healthy backs automatically contract their core muscles, especially the transverse abdominal muscles, which wrap from the sides of the lower back around to the front. Thus, it was concluded that well-coordinated core-muscle use stabilizes the spine and helps create a firm foundation of support for virtually all movement. Core strength is essential for averting back pain and other problems. To be safe and effective, core muscle strengthening exercises require proper alignment and progression from one type of exercise to another, adjusted to body and fitness level.
We perform a wide variety of physical therapy functions including rehabilitation of neurological, orthopedic, musculoskeletal and hand disorders. If you or a family member needs physical therapy, please call PT Plus at 315-476-3176 to schedule an appointment.