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The Importance Of The Core

Lately I have had many clients really question and not fully understand the importance of the core.  I have written before about the core, but let’s look at what it consists of and how and why it is so important. 

The core is made up of the lower abdominals, gluteals (buttocks), pelvic basin (what holds your urine in so you aren’t incontinent), and the diaphragm.  So I have been “accused” of being evangelical when it comes to breathing and getting the core to work by blowing up balloons!  But try this out – pretend you have 1 candle to blow out and then 100 candles.  With the 100 candles you have to reach much further down into your abdomen to blow that many out and what do you feel tightening – your lower abdominals.  You can’t effectively blow them all out without using your abdominals.

I had a client tell me that when she stands or walks she has pain that goes from the hip into the leg.  We worked on realigning the body in standing, then I had her shift her weight to her affected leg.  She immediately complained of pain.  Then I had her engage her pelvic basin muscles and shift her weight and she was painfree.  These core muscles are stabilizing the pelvis and the spine so the pressure is not put into parts of the body that can’t handle the weight of the entire body, which in turn would add compression into the spine causing pain.

If you can imagine this, your core muscles create a stirrup to support the spine.  They are also in the center of the body, therefore where your center of gravity is.  If you still can’t visualize it, place one hand on your abdomen another on your buttock and imagine another between your legs.  If you connected all these hands, they form like a saddle.  Now can you see why they are so important?  They form a huge support to the body.

Think about a karate kick.  If you are not engaging your core, how do you produce enough power behind the leg to kick.  You can’t because you don’t have the support to stabilize your body so you can control the movement and power behind the kick.  (I always see the karate kid standing on the stump.)

Saying all that, sometimes these muscles act as primary movers, particularly the gluteals.  Somewhere else in the body though, has to stabilize to be able to use the core as a mover.  That’s an article for the next newsletter.

Interested in working on your core strength more effectively to prevent injury, give us a call and we can discuss your issues and the various options available to you.

   Seeing a Physical Therapist who is a specialized professional and certified in Pilates is the best thing you can do. Not only will a physical therapist be able to observe any deviations in your movement patterns to find the root cause of the problem, but will effectively treat it with individualized exercises to correct your problem. You’ll find out what the issue is that is causing the problem and you’ll be given effective exercises to do at home, thereby ensuring that how you move becomes a permanent part of your muscle memory. 

We invite you to ask about our free Discovery visit and we look forward to assisting you with anything you may need. Remember, we’re here to help; we cannot wait to hear from you! 

  P.S. If you are still not 100{098a73304a3d45ff1ab2844c297e215e21a475c251ff86cab6d9b8afdf80d346}, give us a call at 301-493-9257 to set up a time to discuss the health issues you are having and how we can help you.  It’s a FREE 20 minute Discovery call to see if you are a good fit for us and how we can help.  I would love to hear from you so we can discuss your goals, your particular issues you are having, and if we are a good fit for each other, how we can work together to achieve your goals.                                            


This is for those who are still unsure if Physical Therapy is right for them.  We offer a 100{098a73304a3d45ff1ab2844c297e215e21a475c251ff86cab6d9b8afdf80d346} FREE 30 minute Discovery Visit to answer all your questions and see if you are the right fit for our clinic.  Space is limited. Call us at:  301-493-9257 or email us at  We will get back to you the same day as soon as we are finished with our other patients.

Did you know that Maryland has Direct Access for physical therapy?  That means you can see a Physical Therapist without seeing your physician first and getting a prescription.  We can evaluate and treat you without a referral.  Through the extensive evaluation, if I feel that other issues may be involved that may require you to see your physician, I will refer you back or recommend someone who is appropriate for you.


Many clients feel that the work we have done in Physical Therapy was so effective that after discharge they want to continue the Pilates and strengthening work to continue improving their outcomes to prevent recurrences.

We offer 5 and 10 session individual packages of Pilates/strengthening.

If you are interested in continuing the work we did or just want to get stronger, give us a call at 301-493-9257 to discuss how we can help you.

        Enjoy this picture of Taughannock Falls, Ulysses NY!


  1. NBC Health Expo at Convention Center, Washington DC  Jauary 18-19.
  • Millenium Stage at Kennedy Center has free shows at 6 PM.  Check the Kennedy Center website.
  • Locust Grove Nature Center on Democracy Blvd. holds nature hikes.


 Pilates/Exercise class:  5 Class series for $145   January 8- February 5th Wednesdays 12-1

 Location: 10410 Kensington Parkway, Suite 111, Kensington, MD  20895

Next Pilates series begins February 12th – March 11th

Cynthia Weiss

We Help Women To Increase Their Confidence In Achieving Their Goals Of Having An Independent & Mobile Lifestyle Without The Use Of Pain Medications Or Surgery.