Almost all of my patients who present to my office with spinal pain, pelvic floor dysfunction or diastasis recti have a problem with their core. This is because your core is much more than just your abdominal muscles, it describes the support system of the abdominal cavity and includes your diaphragm, abdominal muscles, back muscles and pelvic floor. If you have a problem in just one section of your core, it causes instability of the whole system and a variety of symptoms can result.
In today’s video, I show you how the core is organized and what some of the possible symptoms can occur when one (or more) sections don’t do their job. In my experience, everyone needs to do daily exercise to strengthen their core. Unlike our ancestors, our modern lifestyle is a little too cushy and we don’t get to load our core sufficiently to keep it strong.
Another important thing to note is that during pregnancy, additional pressure is put on several sections of your core. This is why we see such a high rate of diastasis recti (split abs), back pain, sciatica, urinary leakage and pelvic pain during and after pregnancy. Although these conditions are rarely surgical and respond well to chiropractic care and pelvic floor rehabilitation exercises, I encourage women to work on strengthening their core before they get pregnant and also to fully recover from pregnancy before deciding to have another baby.
If you have one of these core problems I mentioned or want to make sure you are strengthening your core properly, give us a call to reserve an appointment. Our number is 224-653-8094. I look forward to assisting you!
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