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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What he failed to see was that this wasn’t an issue of poor strength, but poor coordination. 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.

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ledefman Lederman begins the review of core stability by examing the role of the transverse abdominis. I cant consider youre not more common because you undoubtedly have the gift.

That’s where pilates has gone a bit wrong. The following HTML tags are permitted in comments:. Email required Address never made public. Belly dance and chronic illness – Page 3 – Belly Dance Forums. Athletes and dancers don’t realise they are knackering their joints til its too late.

To be honest I found Pilates contradicts himself quite a bit in Your Health. I guess it’s very much a book of its time. Some people have this quite naturally in spadessome people need the help of another to acquire it. Is it the simplicity of it tye the first place? This website uses cookies.

Despite no clear link to core strength, the concept quickly spread spawning a huge rise in exercise classes based on Hodges work. 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.


I just challenge whether it’s medically necessary for the “core” to be specifically so to overcome back pain and improve posture. Why don’t we instinctively do this as children? Write a comment Comments: Causes a loss of lumbar hollowing lordosis and stooping of the upper back 3. This one staiblity from a cyclists perspective in relation to sporting performance.

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My experience of pilates classes was that you engage the pelvic floor muscles and lightly zip up but no pulling in, contracting or tightening going on. I decided not to do the core stability exercises instead of being put on medication: Using the core stability model to determine a treatment course or exercise programme takes an overly mechanical approach to the body and the experience of pain.

Both do equally well.

More on the core stability myth, I look forward to the day we can put this one to bed. From personal experience I have never met anyone with a core so weak that they can’t achieve good posture ledetman less back pain without having to strengthen it.

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From a psychotherapy perspective, what is important is a secure ‘sense of self’, which is an emotional-psychological-sensate experience. I read your blog on the core stability myth and it has made me laugh in fairness not much to laugh about as I fore still very unwell But your post takes me back to four years ago when I was sent to a core stability physio class.

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! Ever see indigenous communities do this? Subscribe to our mailing list Don’t forget to visit our blogs page to read up on the latest news today! Focusing on tasks external to the body is more conducive to performance improvement.

It stabllity 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 only notice that this fixation on core strength still persist in physio’s and gyms environment and not very qualified Pilates instructors. Here’s another article on the matter adding more weight to the idea: Focussing on the contraction of individual muscles is counter-intuitive to how the brain learns new skills.


Cookies improve the user experience and help make this website better. 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? Here are the articles: Reply to this Stabilitt. As I encourage you to transition away from the reductionist core stability model to a more global view of the body, I will discuss what my approach to treatment and exercise looks like in Part 2 next month.

He performed experiments by attaching electrodes to two groups of people, one eyak healthy backs and another with chronic back pain. Lederman has just done an interview that’s really worth checking out, it makes his academic paper more accessible: I had not been taught these core strengthening techniques which would have protected my spine when l was doing all myhh silly hypermobile stuff. I’d often find myself nodding in agreement with his principles only to not see it evidenced in practice.

Causes ballooning and weakening of the pelvic floor 4. When he looked at top football players he found that those with a strong core played no better than those without.

The exercises themselves are easy to do not quite so easy to do well! Who needs to do the plank in their daily lives? Not having read his other books I’ve not had a chance to see if he developed or changed his ideas over time.