I have a strong core so why do I still have back pain?
The core is so much more than people give it credit for; it is a network of muscle groups that are active in just about every move you make throughout the day. No matter what your primary activities are, the core is being subject to constant pressure; even when you are sitting perfectly at rest, your core is active in trying to maintain some semblance of posture to support the spine. Too many people misunderstand the core as a primary mover- as a group of muscles that initiates action, or produces force. While this is a function of the core, it is an auxiliary function and training your core this way doesn‘t necessarily help your spine!
How chronic is your neck pain?
Stiff, sore necks are no longer the exclusive domain of the office worker- with a cell phone in seemingly everyone’s hand, neck pain is more prevalent than ever. To make things even worse, forward head syndrome is more pervasive than ever: the way we interact with every electronic device often involves us subconsciously holding our heads forward and increasing the amount of downward pressure on our spines. In summation, our jobs, habits and recreational activites are putting a serious pain in our neck. So what are we to do?
How can we fix posture with exercise?
We’re so glad you asked! Exercise, along with stretching and chiropractic care, is the most effective way to go about addressing postural problems. At our office in Fremont, we are seeing a startling rise in the number of people who come in with poor posture. It is evident from the moment they walk in the door- even their walking and standing posture is suffering as a result of too much sitting! People always focus on diet, exercise and sleep as the main methods for exerting control over their wellbeing, but we would argue that posture forms an equally important fourth dimension to this group! Below we look at a few of the most common postural shortcomings and how exercise can help you overcome them.
The role of motor control
You can think of motor control as you can think of what it means to be human. In a mostly subconscious process, your body interprets sensory information, processes it and then determines what action it will take. If all is working properly, your body will select a set of muscles and joints for activation and the appropriate motion or action will occur. So what are the crucial systems involved in such an essential action?
- Central nervous system
- Musculoskeletal system
These are the same two systems that chiropractic seeks to optimize. So how can our natural modalities improve motor control? And how important is this from a sport performance perspective?