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Are you one of those people who has subscribed to the recent mantra regarding building your core to prevent or fix your back?
Working on your core has become the ‘thing’ to do in the last few years, and so many people do this with the intention of helping themselves. Unfortunately, the original research regarding the role of the core – and the current way of training the core – are not the same.
Most people use bracing techniques when working their core. Bracing gives a compressive load to the spine, but unfortunately, this prevents the normal healthy movement of the spine. The common message of holding your spine in the ‘correct position’ before loading limits full spinal mobility and is biomechanically abnormal. Backs are strong and are designed to bend. Clinically, we find it is common for people with ongoing back pain to spend a lot of time working on their core and ‘looking after’ their backs. Yet they still feel their backs are vulnerable.
At Burns Bay Physiotherapy, we understand back pain. We keep up-to-date with the latest research, will work with you to return to pain-free function and help you understand your body.

Published in “The Village Observer”, March 2018. Written by Burns Bay Physiotherapy.