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This picture shows some of the core muscles in the front of your body. These muscles are layered over the deeper muscles of the inner core. There are also core muscle groups in the back and on the sides of your body.
The core muscles work together. When they contract at the same time, they help stabilize your spine and hips to create a strong foundation for movement of your body and to protect you from injury.
Last Revised: March 7, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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