Core Strength and Chronic Pain


The core of the body includes the abdominal muscles, obliques, the muscles in the back and the muscles of the pelvic floor. If these muscles weaken, the body often relies on ligaments, spinal bones and discs for balance and stability. This can lead to chronic back or neck pain, which can interfere with daily activities. A weak core can also worsen existing chronic back and neck pain.

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for medical visits in the United States. Depending on the cause of chronic back or neck pain, core strengthening should be considered as a viable treatment option. Core strengthening can help reduce chronic back and neck pain. A physical therapist should be consulted to obtain an individualized exercise plan to strengthen the core. A licensed physical therapist will determine what type of exercise will reduce pain levels without causing additional harm to the affected area.

PainScale and core strength exercises

PainScale provides multiple core strength exercise tutorials. It is important to consult a health care provider before performing these exercises to ensure they are safe and appropriate for one’s condition.