2215 – Posture and Core for the Aging Spine
Intermediate / 1-hour Land
Faculty: Maryanne Haggerty, MS-ExPhys
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This workshop will take an in-depth look at the aging spine and how to strengthen the torso. The aging spine presents many challenges that require posture and core conditioning and strengthening. Techniques for daily postural management are required for maintaining healthy spinal alignment. Core stabilization exercises will be addressed to develop trunk-centered movement leading to core strengthening.
1) Identify the anatomical components and effects of aging on the spine from the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and coccyx areas of the spine.
2) Apply correct body mechanics for postural alignment that allows for the neutral spinal curves making way for neuromuscular efficiency.
3) Increase muscular endurance of spinal postural stabilizing muscles.
4) Develop core stabilizing muscles that strengthen the trunk and maintain the aging spine.
FACULTY: Maryanne Haggerty, MS-ExPhys, educates individuals, groups, and corporations in health, wellness, and fitness. In addition to teaching several certifications and continuing education courses, she has developed many progressive functional exercises for stabilization and muscular strengthening. Her mission is to promote safe and effective exercise enabling individuals to be functionally stronger.