Many of America’s seniors suffer from back, hip and leg pain, all are related to poor posture. The poor posture, in most cases, is due to weak core muscles. The core is the portion of the body from the top of the diaphragm to the pelvic floor. The muscles in this region serve three major purposes. First, they provide stability to the torso, maintaining good posture. Secondly, they provide a means to move the upper and lower portions of the body. Lastly, the core protects vital organs. The muscles are located throughout the core, the abdomen, sides of the core, the spine, lower back, diaphragm and pelvic floor.
When the core muscles weaken, other muscles try to help maintain stability and movement. The result is often poor posture, compressed vertebrae, joint pain, and loss of movement.
With weakened core muscles there are common symptoms, such as:
- Lower back pain
- Loss of power and stability in upper regions
- Feeling the spine aching while lying on the floor
- When bending, the stomach sticks out farther than usual
- Sagging and tightening in shoulders and back when lifting
- Difficulty going from sitting to standing without the use of hands
- Lack of balance, stability, strength, coordination in lower back
- Lower Abdomen pain
- Difficulty walking upright without swaying to one side
- Difficulty with everyday tasks, i.e., lifting a child, carrying grocery bags, holding a box
Anyone experiencing any of the above symptoms should consult with a physician. If the symptoms continue over a lengthy period, the greater the risk of permanent damage to the spine, joints, and nerves.