Sub-core training on the other hand, focuses on the small, typically ignored muscles that initiate the motion of the spine. Muscular stability is created through activation of the nervous system via ligament stimulation. Every time the bones move in your spine, the ligaments send back information to the spinal cord and control reactivity of the surrounding Sub-core musculature of the spine. Without freedom of this information transfer, there is wasting of these structures leading to slippage called listhesis, and is visible on radiographic films (x-rays). Long term effects of this slippage such as accelerated degeneration of the associated joint structures and micro-damage of the discs may lead to deterioration of these structures to a point of potential failure.
There are many simple exercises that can be performed and most involve a very unsuspecting device called a balance board. Wobbling back and for the from side to side without bending your knees is one method. This will increase the stress on the multifidi and spinal Sub-core musculature to help it regain tone with the adjustment. Tilting the board from back to front activates the ankles, knees, and pelvic components (called a kinetic chain) to reinforce proprioception and enhance coordination. For those who have pelvic deficiencies that cause them to throw their hip sideways when doing a squat, I offer the Wobble Board Squat. These exercises are very effective when correctly accomplished and have made significant gains for many of my patients over the years. The use of an exercise ball will also significantly stimulate the ligaments as well as imbibe the discs allowing an increase in fluid exchange creating a healthier environment for the disc. All you do is sit and bounce. These are the same exercises that I discussed with the Trainer for UCLA gymnasts just the other night. I hope that you'll enjoy the challenges that these exercises offer you as well, now that you know some of the science behind them. Have a great day!
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