Have you suffered from back and/or hip pain for years and there seems to be no relief in site? Well, if that’s what’s happening to you, I can relate! I suffered from lower back pain, hip pain, and a very badly strained IT band.
Have you ever been in so much pain that you almost gave up or maybe you did give up? I understand how you feel and maybe can offer some comfort!
I almost gave up!
After going from doctor to doctor, and receiving no help, I was about to give up!
I was referred to other doctors, and also endured xrays, an MRI, and ultrasounds. They even suggested meds, injections and even surgery, yet no one seemed to pinpoint the issue. I was frustrated!
The Journey To Healing Began!
One day, I searched online and found a local physical therapist, Anne, who was more than willing to help me, and THAT was the beginning of my healing process.
After reviewing doctors comments and labs, Anne had me do some tests and one of the things she determined was that I had a weak core. Her method of healing me, was to strengthen my core. At this point, I was willing try anything! Plus, she sounded positive and hopeful which helped quite a bit. What a process that was.
Activate Your Core, Bend Your Knees!
Two things I’ve learned from Anne, my PT, activating my core and bending my knees. Sounds kind of strange huh? I thought so too, until how much I realized that almost everything you do on a daily basis involves the core and knees!
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Anne also advised me that I had a weak sense of balance! I felt like a hot mess!
So, I wondered “why was it important to strengthen the core?
The Core muscles connect to everything!
Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. This leads to better balance and stability for daily activities. Most sports and other physical activities depend on stable core muscles.
Your Fitness Routine Should Include Core Exercises!
Core exercises should definitely be a part of any fitness routine. Core exercises improve flexibility, strengthen abs and the entire body, reduce lower back problems, and promote breathing and lung capacity.
You use your core when you stand, get up from sitting, and even when exercising. Strengthening the core helps with daily bending.
After two years of suffering and many hours of physical therapy, my lower body is healed. It’s kind of amazing, really. Check out my post “Breaking News: Core Exercises Really Work“.