In focus: Core strength

Hello from Technique.

This month we are going to be looking at the core muscles and their role in supporting our spine, protecting us against injury and also in improving performance in sport.

So what are the core muscles? Well essentially they are a group of muscles that work in tandem to support us day to day in an upright posture. Sounds simple right? For the most part these muscles are activated subconsciously when we move and play sport, although we do have conscious control of them.

As we develop movement patterns from a young age, we learn how to recruit these muscles effectively or ineffectively to allow us to move from A – B efficiently. One thing is for sure, a strong core equates to better movement patterns and a certain amount of protection from load being transferred directly to the spinal support structures such as discs and ligaments.

As discussed in previous blogs, somewhere this support network becomes inefficient and stops’ doing the job it is designed to do. This is particularly true in conditions such as lower back pain.

The following muscles are those commonly associated with spinal stability:

  • Rectus Abdominus
  • Internal/External Obliques
  • Transverse Abdominus

Here are some that are less well known but still have a part to play in stability around the spine:

  • Multifidus
  • Erector Spinae
  • Quadratus Lumborum


Our expert knowledge could be the difference you need to put back pain behind you. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting how to target the core and develop the strength needed to over come conditions such as lower back pain.

Our physiotherapist’s in Wimpole St, Vauxhall, London Wall and Earl’s Court have extensive experience from many different backgrounds. If you are an aspiring athlete or someone who has played sports from a young age, we will be able to help you improve your current level of strength. Book an appointment at one of our London clinics and we will get you from A – B in a more efficient and pain free way.

Make the Move.