Posture and Core Strength PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karel Nunnink   
Thursday, 11 November 2010 08:48

To strengthen for proper posture, you need to strengthen for stabilization.


Training for mobilization will only strengthen for mobilization. In other words, doing crunches and strengthening abdominal muscles through certain range of motion, does not necessarily help maintain a good day-to-day posture.

The stresses induced on our spines vary depending on our body position. People are often surprised to learn that sitting actually places more stress on spinal structures than standing.


A postural exercise program which includes special and partially emphasized isometric contractions can be a tremendous help. Certain muscle groups such as the hip flexors, iliacus, erector spinae, latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, trapezius, quadratus lumborum and the deep spinal rotators, the multifidus, can be worked in a proper sequence to allow for neurological adaptation. The body will than be most likely to seek a more neutral spine position when seated. Thus, decreasing the amount of stress on the spine.


The simple awareness of spinal musculature will also help develop a deeper understanding of the importance of specific training. Proper spinal stabilization and mobility training allow the load to pass through the joints without causing a lot of shearing. This type of stress over time can develop into Degenerative Joint Disease.


All of us, including myself, want to remain active in our later years. Activity has a direct correlation to maintaining proper muscle mass.

 

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