Strengthening, stabilisation, coordination and Core work enables a joint to function at its optimum, to be at its strongest and most stable, decreasing the chance of future injury.
At all joints in the body there is a certain amount of stability and sequence of function necessary, for smooth safe movement.
Alignment is obvious when it comes to decreasing wear and tear on the joints, but stability, strength and coordination are just as important.
Stabilisation of the spine for example is paramount for spinal health as it is a very mobile structure made up of several joints. Our lumbar core is a set of muscles developed to specifically add stabilisation to the spine and decrease the effect of damaging forces.
Most of our bigger muscles in the body (prime movers) can be extremely powerful in their action, but aren’t always attached in a way that promotes stability. So lone contraction of these muscles could in fact impart damaging forces on the joint. This is why the combination of prime movers with other stabilisation muscles is very important to create smooth, safe, stable forces and movement.