Last spring, as a new member of the Alpine Physical Therapy team, I was asked to attend the CoreAlign Series at Alpine’s north clinic for educational purposes. While I was excited to learn about an up-and-coming form of exercise, I did not realize how helpful the classes would be to me personally.
I began the first of the CoreAlign series when I was two months pregnant. I attended classes twice a week for five weeks and left each class feeling taller and stronger than before.
After completing the first series, I did not want to stop, so I continued on to complete the full series as well as an instructor class. Although my pregnancy was progressing along, I did not feel as though I was losing abdominal strength but was in fact gaining it. I was able to stave off the dreaded “preggy waddle” until late in pregnancy and to continue hiking up until the day of giving birth.
I believe that CoreAlign exercises greatly assisted me in correcting my functional form as my pregnancy progressed, reminding me of maintaining that pelvic floor lift, inner thigh connection, and deep abdominal contractions during movement. In retrospect, I believe that CoreAlign exercises helped me avoid low back pain throughout my pregnancy, make it through an arduous labor, and experience a faster recovery after delivery.
Today I utilize CoreAlign personally and with my patients to assist in correcting poor movement patterns in a functional capacity. I find it a perfect tool to quickly educate patients on a better way to get moving without pain.