The area of the body that may be the most overlooked when dealing with the strength of the core is the pelvic floor region; the layer of muscles that support the bowel and bladder in men, and the uterus in women. Think of all those muscles that help you start and stop the flow of going to the bathroom. These muscles are the BASE OF THE CORE, and they work with the stomach (lower abs), diaphragm (upper abs) and back muscles to support the spine and therefore, the entire core.
Weakness in the pelvic floor can lead to all kinds of embarrassing issues: Loss of bladder and bowel control is a big one; sexual dysfunction is another. In some cases, even organ prolapse can occur with a lack of strength in the pelvic floor.
One problem that people don’t necessarily equate with a weak pelvic floor is low back and hip pain. Back and hip muscles must take up the slack for puny pelvic floors, and here in lies the tie to core strength. When you combine a weak pelvic floor to a weak or over-worked back, and weak abdominals---well, there are going to be some issues to deal with sooner or later—and none of them are pleasant.
If you would like to learn more about how to strengthen the pelvic floor for a stronger core, call me at 502-321-0557 for a schedule of class times and days.