Poor posture and core stability

A person’s ‘core stability ‘ is governed by how stable a person’s posture is, i.e. if a person was asked to stand still for a period of time how much would they sway both left to right and front to back. The more that they sway the less core stable they would be.

Why is it important?

If a person has poor core stability, and they sway a lot around their centre of pressure, then their joints may go through too much movement and be prone to more ‘wear and tear’. For active sports people the effect is magnified and those with poor core stability will be more prone to injury as well.

Some people with joint hypermobility/poor core stability will suffer tiredness and fatigue, as they are literally wasting energy in an effort to stabilise their posture. Back problems and headaches are also common complaints.

To offset this and optimise posture and wellbeing, exercise programmes are followed to create muscle tone particularly in the stomach (to keep the back straight) and the quadriceps (to stabilise the knee). Pilates is the exercise specifically designed to improve core stability.

The feet have an important part to play because if they are unstable the rest of the body will be relatively unstable too. So as well as building muscle tone, the feet must be stabilised through exercises and, where necessary, the wearing of insoles/orthotics, as well as the right footwear.

Joint hypermobility is a leading factor in core stability and your podiatrist can measure where on the spectrum you lie using a specifically designed scale. This will help to gauge the significance of hypermobility to your biomechanics and prevent future problems.