“The core” is located in the center of the body and refers to the abdominal muscles. A series of muscles that control and initiate all large movements. The lifting of the hand or the advancement of the foot originate from “the core”. It is here that movement is integrated between the support surface, lower extremity, and upper extremity. At JFPT we incorporate core stabilization training as a required element in our rehab training program.
Pain is a nebulous, subjective, multi-dimensional concept that can factor heavily into any injury. There are different types of pain- muscle soreness from exercise, tenderness from blunt trauma (perhaps given to you by your gracious physical therapist) or inflammatory pain indicating tissue damage. Strengthening is often emphasized in rehabilitation to support physically weak or faulty structures, ultimately to decrease pain. But how else might strengthening effect pain?