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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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. I would love to point you out in the direction of modern Pilates bio-mechanical research, should you be interested Myths, by their very nature, are very hard to dispel once they’ve taken hold.

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The myth of core stability.

When I got up the next morning I could not even sit up in bed to drink a cup of tea!. Lederman has just done an interview that’s really worth checking out, it makes his academic paper more accessible: Core strength seems to me really necessary for these people.

Subscribe to our mailing list Don’t forget to visit our blogs page to read up on the latest news today! Ironically, Stuart McGill, professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo in Mjth, has shown that drawing in the stomach during movement can actually destabilise the spine. Online booking for Osteopathy and Massage Book an appointment.

Muscle tonenot strength ; there’s a ledeerman of difference! You are commenting using your Twitter account. I just challenge whether it’s medically necessary for the “core” to be specifically so to overcome back pain and improve posture. It worked well for me and with 2 or 3 classes kederman week a year later l was better than new.


It becomes weak and wobbly as you try to move. Focusing internally to concentrate on contracting stomach muscles is counter-intuitive to motor learning principles. You can’t transpose this to the averagely mobile body. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Wow, this piece of writing is pleasant, my younger sister is analyzing these kinds of things, therefore I am going to tell her.

Therefore encouraging patients to focus more on tasks external to the body is far more beneficial to building strength, coordination and improving mobility.

The Myth of Core Stability: Part 1

Pilates should stretch the muscles that need it and strengthen the ones that are underused. Cors feel free to contact me for a no obligation chat to see how the Alexander Technique can help you too. This site uses cookies. Causes a loss of lumbar hollowing lordosis and stooping of the upper back 3. It takes about weeks for the abdominal muscles to undergo re-shortening, and you would therefore expect that during this period, there would be minimal spinal support and increase the likelihood of back pain.

Who needs to do the plank in their daily lives? I’d often find myself nodding in agreement with coore principles oederman to not see it evidenced in practice. He states quite clearly that what is required is ” the simultaneous drawing in of the stomach and throwing out of the chest “. 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.

Don’t forget to add stockbridgeosteopathicpractice googlemail. Lederman summarises these assumptions as:. Ever see stabilityy communities do this? Despite the core stability myth being exposed nearly ten years ago, and journalist Peta Bee writing about oederman in The Times infrom conversations I have with people I’d say its hold is as strong as ever.


I decided not to do the core stability exercises instead of being put on medication: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Causes ballooning and weakening of the pelvic floor 4.

Email required Address never made public. And I have nothing against being generally strong. Please follow the instructions in it to confirm your subsciption. 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.

But that’s not normal functional movement. But the problem of core strength is possibly elsewhere. This website uses cookies. Sign up for latest blogs and newsletter: There was no correlation between sit-up performance and back-ache — the strength of the abdominal muscle was not related to backache Fast et al, Lucy Saturday, 05 December From personal experience I have never met anyone with a core so weak that they can’t achieve good posture and less back pain without having to strengthen it.

Maybe a collaboration is in order. I cant consider youre not more common because you undoubtedly have the gift. 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, which I can get on board with.

Write a comment Comments: There’s an elephant in the room regarding this too and I’ll come back to it later. When he looked at top football players he found that those with a strong core played no better than those without.

And how do they stabilise their trunk?