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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So that elephant I mentioned: It works for those who are used to using their bodies and already have mobility.

I think the pilates industry is way out of control and lately entirely unregulated as far as l can tell. I read your blog on the core stability myth and it has made me laugh in fairness not much to laugh about as I am still very unwell But your post takes me back to four years ago when I was sent to a core stability ledermna class.

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The Core Stability Myth

Please feel free to contact me for a no obligation chat to see how the Alexander Technique can help you too. And I have nothing against being generally strong. More on the core stability myth, I look forward to the day we can put this one to bed. Causes ballooning and weakening of the pelvic floor 4.


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. Maybe a collaboration is in order. Notify me of new comments via email.

You can’t transpose this to the averagely mobile body. 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.

Is it the simplicity of it in the first place? 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.

A further aspect of building this sense of core freedom is the ability to ‘disidentify’ from ledermann psychological and emotional patterns which have served a ‘survival self’ up till now, but which have now become self-limiting.

Lederman begins the review of core stability by examing the role of the transverse abdominis.

The myth of core stability.

But that’s not normal functional movement. Not having read his other books I’ve not had a chance to see if he developed or changed his ideas over time. I’d often find myself nodding in agreement with his principles only to not see it evidenced in practice.

Lederman has just done an interview that’s really worth checking out, it makes his academic paper more accessible: Why don’t we instinctively do this as children? Breathing difficulties asthma, sleep apnoea and panic attacks may be related 6.


I have been challenged that some ledegman can’t do the plank because their core is so weak. The core stability sessions caused my muscle tone in my right foot to become so high, I had difficulty getting my shoes on. Lederman looks at strength, coordination, motor learning, and the process of acquiring movement patterns that are specific to the movements needed.

The myth of core stability.

The day before I published this blog two well known ledemran printed articles recommending core stability training, showing just how entrenched this idea still is. Notify me of new posts via email. We offer unrivalled healthcare excellence in a relaxed and peaceful setting. I’ve often said that what the Alexander Technique offers is ‘core freedom’ rather than ‘core strength’. He performed experiments by attaching electrodes to two groups of people, one with healthy backs and another with chronic back pain.

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. 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.