Every day, we’re surrounded by photos of six-pack abs and flat stomachs, and magazines seem to have an endless parade of articles on “beat belly flab” and “bikini-ready abs.” But while it might be nice to have an aesthetically pleasing midsection, your core is about much more than looks.
Core strength helps you in significant ways, every day and in nearly every movement. It’s at the center of how you reach, stretch, lift, and bend. Without adequate core strength, timing and coordination, you may be putting your body at risk for pain and chronic problems.
Also important to note is that your “core” isn’t just your abs. Although they’re in the mix, your core also includes your pelvis, lower back, and even your diaphragm, which is a sheet of internal muscle that’s important for respiration.
When you build appropriate strength throughout your core, it creates significant benefits:
Injury prevention: When you can move efficiently, it doesn’t load up one part of your body or cause certain muscles to take all the weight. Your back, shoulders, and knees aren’t being overtaxed just because your core lacks stability and strength.
Stronger back: There is so much back pain these days that it’s been called an epidemic. Apart from headaches, back pain is the leading cause of missed work days. Plus, there’s a ripple effect as the pain lowers your energy levels, disrupts sleep, affects mood and causes other problems. With a stronger, smarter core, you have a much lower risk of chronic back pain.
Better balance: As we age, there are many factors that affect balance, including eye and ear issues, medication side effects, joint health, and perceptual challenges. When balance is decreased, it can cause fall risk and other serious problems. But training the core can help to address these challenges and keep you on track as you age.
One of the best ways to increase core strength is through Pilates, which focuses on core stabilization and control in order to prevent injury and optimize function. To achieve these outcomes, Viverant has developed eVolution℠, a distinctive system that combines Pilates and physical therapy to harness the best of each.
For more information on eVolution, contact us to set up an assessment and consultation.
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Pilates is one of the most powerful and effective ways to speed injury recovery, reduce the risk of chronic issues, and optimize performance—but only if you’re doing Pilates correctly.
The technique focuses on controlled movements that build strength and balance through better alignment and proper core integration, which is one of the reasons it’s become so popular. There are plenty of Pilates DVDs, YouTube videos, group classes, and hybrid approaches (like PiYo, which combines Pilates and yoga) and it’s likely to remain in demand for years to come.
But Pilates is not like Zumba, where you can just follow along and do fairly well by mimicking a series of movements. The practice has a significant amount of nuance that requires extensive training for teachers and other practitioners. Here are three ways that people tend to do Pilates incorrectly:
Improper stabilization: In Pilates, core stability is key, and bringing stabilization to your center allows for movements that are effective and connected. If you’re not sure how to stabilize properly, you risk putting strain on your back, neck, and other joints.
Lack of control: One of the biggest aspects of Pilates is slow, controlled movements that allow you to feel what’s happening in your body. Often times people rush through the movements using momentum instead of precise, consciously-controlled movement, causing them to miss the benefit of Pilates. When that happens, you don’t get the control you need for proper form.
Selective implementation: Pilates is a system that’s designed to bring your whole body into alignment, allowing your natural strength and flexibility to be fully accessed. When you choose just one or two “exercises” from the Pilates system, you’re reducing the impact that a whole series can bring. Even worse, you may be improperly focusing on just one part of your body at the expense of another area, missing an opportunity to correct what's wrong.
When these problems begin, it can have the opposite effect of what you’re seeking—instead of getting stronger and more efficient, you risk injury and could be setting yourself up for long-term negative outcomes.
Making sure that you’re following the detailed instructions of someone trained in both Pilates and the body’s movement patterns is hugely useful, and can have considerable benefits for your health, now and into the future.
To offer clients more meaningful outcomes in injury recovery, performance optimization, and injury prevention, Viverant has developed eVolution℠, a distinctive system that combines Pilates and physical therapy to harness the best of each.
Although each client will have specific goals and a tailored treatment plan, every eVolution track begins the same way: with a CoreScore℠ assessment.
The CoreScore gives us an idea of how you use your body during everyday tasks and exercises, including how you integrate your glutes, core, and trunk muscles into movements.
This isn’t a fitness test—don’t fear a return of those old middle-school gym days of crunches and pull-ups. Instead, the CoreScore consists of 10 whole-body exercises where the physical therapist will assess your performance of these exercises. Your outcome on each exercise is used as a powerful teaching tool to start to correct and restore healthy movement patterns.
The CoreScore will be retaken after every 6th visit in order to show you your progress and to continue to tailor your eVolution treatment for maximum benefit. Many clients gain significant insight from just their first CoreScore assessment, and they’re able to better grasp how weakness in one part of the body—particularly in their core muscles—may be leading to difficulties in other areas.
Although the CoreScore is considered a starting point, it’s a powerful kickoff to a results-oriented system. By knowing where you are now, you can understand where you have to go, and what it will take to get there.
Want a free CoreScore assessment? Download our eVolution whitepaper and you'll find a free CoreScore voucher inside!
Our newest system, eVolution, is changing the focus of treatment by infusing the best of Pilates and physical therapy together. This powerful combination's goal is to address, eliminate and prevent deficiencies limiting your body from reaching its maximum physical potential.
For a simple guide to how eVolution works and the benefits eVolution offers, download our infographic below.
Both Pilates and physical therapy can be powerful ways to build strength, speed recovery, and prevent future injuries. That’s why Viverant has developed eVolution℠, a distinctive system that combines the best of both to harness outcomes not often achieved independently.
In order to meet your needs, eVolution consists of two distinct phases: Foundation and Lifestyle. Some of the same techniques are utilized in both, but each offers specific goals that are worth noting:
Once you reach a certain assessment score—based on pain level, mobility, and function—you are ready to transition to the next phase, Lifestyle.
In addition to graduating from Foundation, you can also opt for Lifestyle from the start, as long as you achieve a passing grade on the CoreScore assessment.
Despite its scary-sounding name, “dry needling” is a safe, effective treatment for all types of musculoskeletal pain.
Did you know dry needling can loosen stiff muscles, ease joint pain, and improve oxygen circulation within the body?
Download our infographic to learn how dry needling works and the awesome benefits it offers.
eVolution is an innovative system that combines Pilates and distinctive Physical Therapy skills. Created by Viverant, it helps harness the best of both worlds. Download the guide to learn more about this revolutionary new system that boosts performance, speeds up recovery and more.
For many people who are active, trigger points can become a concern, especially if injury or overtraining have occurred. These points, which develop in the connective tissue around muscles, have a number of causes but often lead to the same result: pain and limited mobility.
That's why effective treatment can be such a relief. By alleviating trigger points, you can get more oxygen flowing to the muscles, start the body healing itself, and recover quicker from exercise. Although massage can bring some benefits, you're more likely to see long-term results by combining dry needling and movement therapy.
Dry needling involves thin, tiny needles that are the same size as those used in acupuncture. A practitioner inserts a needle at a trigger point to release built-up lactic acid that's hindering the muscle. Once that occurs, oxygen can flow to the area and the body quickly begins to heal the irritation. Muscles that had been tight because of the trigger point often relax very quickly after even one treatment.
With movement therapy, the focus is on how you use your body to walk, run, reach, stretch, and do the other hundreds of movements that comprise everyday life. Our daily lives cause us to maintain prolonged postures or perform repetitive movements that lead to mechanical breakdown and development of trigger points. By training you to recognize and correct faulty movement patterns, a therapist can bring more variety into your routine and adjust any potential imbalances.
By bringing together the release of dry needling with the physical re-education of movement therapy, you can handle the trigger points you have now while preventing others from forming.
With that advantage, you're likely to see better athletic performance, including faster recovery timeframes, and fewer nagging and chronic issues. Alleviating trigger points isn't just about a quick fix, it's a recipe for being healthier overall because by eliminating pain and tightness, it can lead to better sleep, more energy, and even happier moods.
Despite its scary-sounding name, “dry needling” is a safe, effective treatment for all types of musculoskeletal pain. Dry needling can loosen stiff muscles, ease joint pain, and improve oxygen circulation within the body. Learn why this new treatment could be the answer to your pain.
Although it might seem like those knots in your neck or back just appeared out of nowhere, most likely there's a specific cause for these issues.
Called trigger points, these problem spots occur in the connective tissue that's part of your musculature, and they can wreak havoc on athletic performance or even everyday activity.
Knowing the top causes can help to prevent them, or to keep minor trigger points from becoming a chronic irritation. Here are some common ways that these points get triggered:
Repetitive movement: Whether you always hit a golf ball the same way or you sit at your desk typing all day, the repetition of movement can cause tightness, leading to trigger points.
Poor posture: We all slump occasionally, but if you have less-than-ideal posture, it's often the same as repetitive movement. It creates constant pressure on certain parts of your body, particularly your shoulders, neck, and back.
Sleep problems: Many people wake up with a stiff neck or simply feel misaligned, and they claim to have "slept wrong." When this happens frequently, it can lead to trigger point development. Sometimes, it's a chicken-and-egg problem to determine which came first: poor sleep as a result of pain from trigger points, or trigger points as a result of tossing and turning all night.
Injury: When muscles become damaged or tense up without warning — as is the case in an accident — it causes stress to resonate through the body. That trauma and the ensuing tightness can lead to trigger points, either immediately or over time. For instance, getting in a car crash and having whiplash can create stress to the neck that might prompt trigger points to develop.
Referred pain: In some cases, a trigger point in one part of the body actually causes pain in another area. For example, if the muscle on the top of your shoulder has a trigger point, it can refer pain up the side of the neck, and create tightness that causes a headache.
When it comes to treatment, there's been ample success with combining physical therapy and movement assessment with dry needling. Not only can this address the trigger points you may have, but it can aid in preventing them so that you're on track when it comes to optimal health and performance.
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