Signs You Need To Work on Your Core
By Sara Butler
Your core muscles are really important to the health and stability of your body. The core is comprised of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips, and glutes. If there’s a weakness anywhere in the chain of command, then it can lead to a number of problems for you. But how do you know if you need to work on your core? Here are a few signs!
You Have Poor Posture
A weak core is often indicated by bad posture. The muscles in your abdomen and lower back help to keep your pelvis stable as well as your spine, which then helps to keep your shoulders and upper back in neutral alignment. When the core muscles are weak, then it makes you more prone to slouching. So, if you find yourself slumped over your computer a lot, it’s time to get to work on that core!
Pain in the Lower Back
Lower back pain is a common complaint and also a very good indicator that the core muscles are not up to snuff. When your core isn’t balanced and strong, then the curves in your spine can change. Even just a small change in the curvature can create problems in the tendons, ligaments, and muscles that support your spine, which makes you more susceptible to pain and injury.
You Can’t Throw a Ball (or a Punch)
Hopefully, you don’t find yourself in a lot of situations where you need to throw a punch, but if you’re out back tossing around the ball with your kids and notice that throwing a ball is a bit difficult, then that can be a sign of a weak core. Weakness in the legs and arms means that the transfer of strength from your core muscles isn’t what it needs to be. Many movements of the arms and legs originate in the core, so if it’s not conditioned, then you’ll notice difficulties in your movements everywhere.
You Can’t Hollow Your Stomach
Another potential sign of weakness in the core is the inability to hollow your stomach. Seriously, try it! Take a breath and as you exhale, pull your belly button toward the spine. Hold it for ten seconds and release. If you can’t hold it for that long, then you have some core weakness that must be addressed!
Your core is important. If you need help strengthening it, your chiropractor is an excellent resource!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Englewood, Colo.