Core Stability from the Inside Out

Core Stability

Understanding the Core

You’d have to your core will actually make a difference. No one can even agree on what the core is and what it does for the human body.

The Story Behind the Core

Take a look back over ten years ago to start working from the inside out.

What Exactly is the Core?

Take a look in the dictionary to reap the greatest rewards.

How Can You Build Up Your Core?

Working at that deep layer of muscle that is in your abdomen takes focus. You’ve got a lot going on in your midsection. There’s the powerful muscle known as the diaphragm, expanding and contracting whenever you breathe. The pelvic floor is in the lower region of your trunk, by your pelvis, and it creates resistance. Your abdominal wall muscle is at work as well, applying pressure to balance out the effects of your abdominal muscles. Everything hinges on the diaphragm and making sure it is effectively contracting.

What’s the Deal with the Diaphragm?

If your core muscles are going to give your spine the stability it needs and avoid issues like back pain at the same time.

Studies Prove the Diaphragm Performs Dual Functions

You might have thought the diaphragm was only important for breathing. Think again. Professor Kolar and his team of researchers discovered that the diaphragm also plays a vital role in establishing proper posture and stabilizing your body. As another interesting point, you can also control your diaphragm, making it do what you want when you want it to how you are making the best use of your diaphragm. The rest of the time it takes care of itself.

Back Pain and Lack of Diaphragm Control Appear to be Related

Further findings from Kolar’s studies suggest that core stability, diaphragm control, and back pain are connected. Subjects who had difficulty with controlled contraction of the diaphragm were more likely to the Transversus Abdominus and the core. For some reason, his mention of the diaphragm was lost in the shuffle.

What’s Going on with Your Diaphragm When You Breathe?

Most of the time, you probably don’t give your diaphragm a second thought. It’s quietly at work, doing what it should when you take a deep breath and let it out, or simply during the act of breathing that we all take for granted. When you inhale, your diaphragm goes through the contraction process, tightening up and pushing its way down. As it heads to know if you’re diaphragm is at its best is if you see the ribs in the lower part of your abdomen expanding. Forget about terms like chest breathing or belly breathing.

How Can You Tell if Your Diaphragm is Truly Performing?

If you are going to the lower portion of your abdomen during the entire time while you are breathing, you will build up your core stability. It takes concentration and practice.

What Can You Do to Work the Core?

In order to work for it.

Should You Focus on the Core First or Last?

When it comes tomach while you are breathing and pushing yourself during your fitness regimen. If you do, your core will be stable and your body will thank you.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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