Ultimate Core Strength
There is much talk in the fitness and rehabilitation worlds about the importance of core muscle. Many people misconstrue that when someone says core strength they mean abdominal muscles. Although the abdominal muscles are part of the core of the body and it is very important to have strong abs, the true core muscles are much deeper.
The muscles around the spinal column in the lumbar and thoraco-lumbar spines are probably the most important skeletal muscles in our body. These muscles activate for nearly all tasks from walking to catching a ball. These muscles give not only stability to the bony and ligamentous structures, they are also packed full of very specialized nerve cells called mechanoreceptors. These mechanoreceptors are essentially pressure-sensitive and position-sensitive nerve endings that tell our brain the status and position of the muscles and thus the spine.
As we weaken the muscles of the low back, abdomen, and deep core, the muscles become infiltrated with fat. This fat causes numerous problems because it reduces the tiny muscles’ ability to communicate properly with the brain and movement pattern disruptions can result, leading to injury. The proper rehabilitation of the core muscles involves not only strengthening the large muscles of the abdomen, trunk and back, but also the tiny little muscles around the spine, in conjunction with a fat-targeting nutrition program.
There are numerous programs and exercises that claim to develop the “core.” Unfortunately many of these involve abdominal exercises and exercises that may not be an option for injured people. Thankfully, with the Powerplate® and medical weight loss, we can address the fatty infiltration of the deconditioned muscles and perform exercises that cause 30-50 contractions per second in the important core muscles.
Our trainers and Physical Therapists are trained to create programs that address the specific needs of our patients and we are happy to see people who simply cannot exercise because of pain able to overcome and get back the strength necessary to lead normal active lives. The programs that we have on the Powerplate® have repeated demonstrated to our patients that they can get their strength, stability, endurance and stamina back to pre-injury levels, even when other therapies and treatments have failed.
The ultimate beauty of this is that we don’t stop there. We have our CBP® Spinal Structural rehabilitation protocols that can further assist in the improvement of the patient’s condition and enable not only a return of strength and endurance, but also a return to normal spinal position! The traction techniques and Mirror Image® techniques of CBP® give us the tools we need to address so many conditions that other techniques cannot help.
If you or someone you know is suffering from low back pain and dysfunction, or if you’ve had an injury that is not healing the way you would like, maybe we can help! If you want to get physically fit, lose body fat and improve your core strength in new a effective ways, we have programs that fit your needs. Call us today to see if you are a candidate for our amazing transformative rehabilitation and lifestyle tools.
Dr. Jason W. Haas