The Myth of Core Stability.
By Eyal Lederman
A critical review of core/spinal stability practices and claims. Great article.
The conclusions from the article:
-Weak trunk muscles, weak abdominals and imbalances
between trunk muscles groups are not a pathology just
a normal variation.
-The division of the trunk into core and global muscle
system is a reductionist fantasy, which serves only to
-Weak or dysfunctional abdominal muscles will not lead
to back pain.
-Tensing the trunk muscles is unlikely to provide any
protection against back pain or reduce the recurrence
of back pain.
-Core stability exercises are no more effective than, and
will not prevent injury more than, any other forms of
exercise or physical therapy.
-Core stability exercises are no better than other forms
of exercise in reducing chronic lower back pain. Any
therapeutic influence is related to the exercise effects
rather than stability issues.
-There may be potential danger of damaging the spine
with continuous tensing of the trunk muscles during
daily and sports activities.
-Patients who have been trained to use complex
abdominal hollowing and bracing manoeuvres should be
discouraged from using them.
Lederman, E. The myth of core stability. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (2009).