Do the unbelievable athletic feats by the Final Five, Michael Phelps, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Justin Gatlin and team USA have you in awe of their rockin’ abs? These athletes not only have a strong core; their power extends much further.
Your core, which is the center of gravity of your body, consists of numerous muscles, organs, ligaments, nerves, and of course, your spine and pelvis. However, to only reference the core or abdominal area by solely focusing on the muscles would be in error. If you want to be healthy and have a strong core, that’s simply not enough.
Core: Muscles Combine With Alignment, Spine & Nervous System
The muscles are only one component of your core and they are not the most important. Muscles are attached to bones and they are controlled by nerves so they depend on spinal alignment and proper nerve supply to have a chance at being strong and healthy. When the spine is not aligned properly it can place unnecessary stress on the muscle, which can lead to injuries and limit performance.
When a muscle does not have the proper nerve supply it will begin to weaken and atrophy, while other areas of the body controlled by those nerves will also be adversely affected.
Research On Backing Up Your Back
Research in Spine reported that “nerve root compression can exist without pain,” and The JMPT reported in a study by B.I. Rydevik that just five to ten millimeters of pressure can interfere with the nutrition of the nerve, starving it of necessary nutrients.
Researcher Seth Sharpless at the University of Colorado found that on spinal nerve roots, where the nerves exit the spine, it only took eight to ten millimeters of pressure, about the weight of a dime, to reduce nerve transmission.
Another study by T. Videman, M.D., from the Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki, Finland, found that “after two weeks of immobilization, the first signs of scar tissue begin to appear.”
Underestimating the importance of good alignment, a healthy spine and nervous system as it relates to the core is a mistake. Most people only take care of their spine when it hurts and they ignore their spinal alignment until they have pain. This is not a good choice.
Choose Chiropractic Lifestyle Care for a Strong Core
Chiropractic Lifestyle Care can help keep your core strong and it is not symptom based. In fact, many athletes at the professional and amateur level (Olympians included!) participate in Lifestyle Care so they can get the best out of their workouts and reach peak performance levels.
Remember that the recipe for an Olympic gold medalist also has principles for healthy moms and dads, and strong kids and grandparents. Don’t wait for pain or a crisis to make your core as strong and healthy as possible. Get to the core of your core and call our office for an appointment today.
Cummins Chiropractic & Wellness is proud to be a 100 Year Lifestyle Affiliate Clinic serving Bellevue and beyond with our best chiropractic care. Our goal is to bring you to gold medal health so you can live vibrantly from your first breath of life to your last.