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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Core strength seems to me really necessary for these people. In those with back pain, no such engagement took place, leaving the spine less supported. You are commenting using your WordPress.

The myth of core stability.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: They’re eyl typically known for the postural abnormalities so prevalent in “civilised” culture. Not having read his other books I’ve not had a chance to see if he developed or changed his ideas over time. Please follow the instructions in it to confirm your subsciption.

A permanently cinched-in abdomen reduces breathing efficiency of the diaphragm 5. It becomes weak and wobbly as you try to move.

When I got up the next morning I could not even sit up in stabjlity to drink a cup of tea!. Lederman looks at strength, coordination, motor learning, and the process of acquiring movement patterns that are ledermah to the movements needed. Opening Hours Monday – Friday ckre – 6pm Saturday 9am – 1pm. It worked well for me and with 2 or 3 classes a week a year later l was better than new. Focusing internally to concentrate on contracting stomach muscles is counter-intuitive to motor learning principles.

Eyal Lederman has written an extensive critical review of the use of core stability in back pain rehabilitation, and although there is a lot of material covered in the review, it is summarised nicely and the reference list alone is worth getting the article! 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.


The Core Stability Myth

Here’s another article on the matter adding more weight to the idea: If you can walk into my Alexander Technique clinic, your core is strong enough. The practice offers a range of healthcare options for patients seeking an alternative or complementary therapy to conventional methods.

Online booking for Osteopathy and Massage Book an appointment. He states quite clearly that what is required is ” the simultaneous drawing in of the stomach and throwing out of the chest “.

If you haven’t read his book Your Healthyou’ll find it quite amusing by modern marketing standards. But that’s not normal functional movement. The day before I published this blog two well known newspapers printed articles recommending core stability training, showing just how entrenched this idea still is. Why don’t we instinctively do this as children?

When the body is seen as a whole, why would a specific group of muscles be more important than another in protecting against back pain? A further aspect of building this sense of core freedom is the ability to ‘disidentify’ from those psychological and emotional patterns which have served a ‘survival self’ up till now, but which have now become self-limiting.

And how do they stabilise their trunk? We offer unrivalled healthcare excellence in a relaxed and peaceful setting.

I was lucky l had very good teachers at virgin active when l started about 10 years ago living with a chronically repetitive strain injured ready to fall apart no muscle tone hypermobile jointed previous ballet body that had been stuck at a desk job for too long.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to use the site you agree to our cookies policy. What he failed to see was that this wasn’t an issue of poor strength, but poor coordination.


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. Muscle tonenot strength ; there’s a world of difference! Lederman next examines the timing of activation of TrA during rapid exercise of the arms and legs.

I guess it’s very much a book of its time. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Thomas Nesserassistant professor of physical education at Indiana State University, later tried to establish a positive link between core stability and the ability to perform ordinary daily tasks, but failed! I think the pilates industry is way out of control and lately entirely unregulated as far as l can tell.

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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Focusing on tasks external to the body is more conducive to performance improvement. Hodges and Richardson found that TrA activation was delayed in people with low back pain, and it was assumed that it had a role in controlling spinal stability.

I had not been taught these core strengthening techniques which would have protected my spine when l was doing all that silly hypermobile stuff.

But I have spoken to a number of Pilates instructors and had great feedback from my own clients about their Pilates instructors who now place much less emphasis on this “drawing in of the stomach”, working on quality of movement in general, training movement rather than muscle, ledermn I ledefman get on board with.

I’d often find myself nodding in agreement with his principles only to not see it evidenced in practice. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.