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Core stability and Podiatry

What is Core Stability?

Core Stability is a medical description establishing the ability of a person to control the movement and position of the muscles located in the core(central) region of the body, they work by stabilising the middle to lower part of the spine, preventing back pain and injuries.

How is Core Stability related to Podiatry?

Patients often come into clinic with pain in the feet, lower limbs or the back. A Bio-mechanical assessment is carried out to analyse the body, its alignment and how it functions. If required, a pair of orthoses will be prescribed, these are specially made devices that slip into the shoes. They work by controlling and supporting any abnormalities which may be contributing to pain when walking.

Exercising the core muscles is an integral part of a successful Podiatry treatment plan and helps the body gain strength in the central area, which helps with adapting to the orthoses and enhancing a really successful outcome for the patient. The exercises alone may be all that is required to relieve the pain.

How do I exercise my core?

The most effective ways of exercising your core are Swimming, Yoga and Pilates. If you are not super fit, that's not a problem, these are an ideal way to introduce your body to exercise and to strengthen that area specifically.

Swimming is perfect for the core, even floating stimulates the core muscles to work. If you lack confidence in the water, just grab a float and just kick, it all counts!

What is available in Whitby?

We are fortunate now to have several professional instructors in Whitby to help you achieve a strengthened core. They do one to one sessions and group classes for all ages and stages ranging from gentle movements to the more challenging athletic exercises. Details of the instructors and class details can be seen at the bottom of this post.

Don't be concerned if you feel you haven't got the right clothes or that everyone is going to be better than you, all that attend these classes are there because they need the instruction too!

Start the new year looking after your core and then your core will look after you!

Jane Botham - @Whitby Pilates, Jo Andrews - @Ebb and Flow Yoga, Lee Derrick - @Sports Performance Yoga


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