Dr. Eyal Lederman completed his PhD in physiotherapy at King’s College, London, where he researched the neurophysiology of manual. J Bodyw Mov Ther. Jan;14(1) doi: / The myth of core stability. Lederman E(1). Author information: (1)CPDO Ltd., London, . The myth of core stability. Eyal Lederman The principle of core stability has gained wide acceptance in training for the prevention of injury and as a treatment .

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Reply to this Comment. The question to pose is, I think, how one overly simplistic approach to back pain can take hold and grow to the extent the core stability industry has grown.

It is interesting to read that there is no significant difference between a general exercise programme and a specific core stability programme in its outcomes. Cookies improve the user experience and help lwderman this website better. Picture the scene there myrh one physio, me, someone who needed a translator and another who had narcolepsy and kept falling a sleep l kid you not So essentially the physio was only effectively communicating with one of us – me.

Millions of years of mytb have given you postural reflexes that work just fine if you don’t interfere with them.

It becomes weak and wobbly as you try to move. Is it the simplicity of it in the first place? Maybe they help initially to reduce the fear that people have that moving and becoming aware of their back will overwhelm them with pain and they will be helpless.

The exercises themselves are easy to do not quite so easy to do well! Chronic and recurrent back pain has been shown to be associated more with psychological and psychosocial factors. But the problem of core strength is possibly elsewhere. It is possible to rehab a patient using the model of core stability, conversely we could have a patient doing a range of total body exercise and they will also show improvement.


Why after mjth of years of evolution would you need to do this? Eyall, these findings, combined with the general belief that you need strong abdominals to have a strong back have led to assumptions prevalent in core stability training:.

Stacey Friday, staiblity December Any one size fits all idea is just not going to work. He states quite clearly that what is required is ” the simultaneous drawing in of the stomach and throwing out of the chest “. You don’t need to “do” good posture, simply stop doing bad posture.

So that elephant I mentioned: This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The kederman offers a range of healthcare options for patients seeking an alternative or complementary therapy to conventional methods.

The Core Stability Myth – Alexander Technique London

Causes ballooning and weakening of the pelvic floor 4. There was no correlation between sit-up performance and back-ache — the strength of the abdominal muscle was not related to backache Fast et ocre, His results showed that the healthy group engaged a deeply embedded muscle called the transversus abdominiscausing it to contract and support the spine just before movement. What he failed to see was that this wasn’t an issue of poor strength, but poor coordination.

Myths, by their very nature, are very hard to dispel once they’ve taken hold.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I think the pilates industry is way out of control and lately entirely unregulated as far as l can tell.

I’ve often said that what the Alexander Technique offers is ‘core freedom’ rather than ‘core strength’. Focusing on tasks external to the body is more conducive to performance improvement.

The myth of core stability.

Breathing difficulties asthma, sleep apnoea and panic attacks may be related 6. When I got up the next morning I could not even sit up in bed to drink a cup of tea!.


That would be daft imo. I told the physio the next week same happened and she said I should take Baclofen to lower my muscle tone, so that I could build up my core.

More on the core stability myth, I look forward to the day we can put this one to bed. I just challenge whether it’s medically necessary for the “core” to be specifically so to overcome back pain and improve posture. This website uses cookies.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. I would love to point you out in the direction of modern Pilates bio-mechanical research, should you be interested The core stability sessions caused my muscle tone in my right cor to become so high, I had difficulty getting my shoes on.

Sign up for latest blogs and newsletter: You are commenting using your WordPress. Not having read his other books I’ve not had a chance to see if he developed or changed his ideas over time. With what we know of psychophysical unity, there are many ways into addressing what constitutes core strength. Focussing on the contraction of individual muscles is counter-intuitive to how the brain learns new skills.

The results will be further improved if patients are also educated about pain, taught how to move well and encouraged to stop worrying about their lack of stability.

But that’s not normal functional movement. That’s where pilates has gone a bit wrong.