Core Stability

“Core stability” is an extremely commonly used term that unfortunately can be overused and misapplied.

What it really means is how to get a strong, steady trunk for our arms and legs to work from. Imagine if you were standing on a broken chair- ie an unstable base. Think how much your body would have to move to adapt to that. Now imagine that unstable chair is your trunk- think about how your body would move to adapt to that “wobbly” base. So the term “core stability” really refers to having a well aligned trunk with good muscle support to hold a good steady posture, allowing the arms and legs to move in a better way. 

Lower back pain, sciatica, neck pain, among other things can respond very well to core stability work, once it is done correctly, giving pain relief and also improving the pain in the long term. 

Core stability or strength is not only useful in treating pain and stiffness, but in injury prevention, and improving athletic performance. If you think of your body working like a machine- the less energy it uses up by trying to adapt to a “wobbly” base, the more efficient it will move, and the faster and stronger you will be!

See some core stability exercises here:

I have suffered with lower back pain for the last 15 years. During that time I have spent many thousands of Euros on Physiotherapy and visits to various Chiropractic Clinics in Dublin and Wicklow. I was never totally pain free during that time so I decided after hearing their advertisement on East Coast Fm to give East Coast Physio in Ashford a try.

I had the opinion up to now that the old saying "if you once have a bad back you will always have one " was true but I now know that this is not the case, as having had only 5 sessions at East Coast Physio I am now pain free for the first time in 15 years. I would like to thank Catherine and recommend their Clinic to anyone suffering from pain certainly worked for me.

Eugene Whelan
Roundwood, Wicklow.