Debunking the idea of core stability

It is refreshing to listen to this video in support of a new way of thinking about movement and back pain, relative to stability. Professor Peter O’Sullivan and other world renowned researchers are making waves to dispel the ways that many therapists and movement modalities have been looking at, understanding and approaching core stability.

As Professor O'Sullivan explains, the term is a misnomer and does not make sense. More importantly it is the movements and methods of movement that were born out of very little age old reasearch, that have grown to dominate the rehab, fitness and movement industry that need changing. And as he explains, there is resistence.

What he is referring to is the "brace first, and then move approach", the fear that pervades our population about the instabilty of our backs, and the proof that if the ways we have been moving make sense, then why is there an epidemic of  back pain. 

Dr. O'Sullivan uses a new term - Cognitive Functional Therapy and speaks to a wide pool of research that proves that a lot of back pain and associated problems are caused in fact by the ways we have been taught to move - to brace, grip, tuck and batton down before execution. It is all wrong he explains.

This "bracing" loads and stresses the spine, causing a ridiculous series of contractions and further bracing that serve no purpose, only to add more tension and really limit natural intelligent functional movement and strength.

I first learned these concepts in 2009 from an intelligent Yoga Therapist and teacher. She taught us that taking the bracing, tension and compensations away, naturally led to greater trunk/pelvic stability and function. I have worked with clients this way for nearly 10 years, witnessing natural posture, ease, balance and strength arise.

The important point is that most people with back pain are needing to learn how to re-educate and release their overactive, back, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and improve functional diaphragmatic breath in order to eliminate the loading on their spine and its associated pain.

This is why I believe the entire world needs to learn somatic neuromuscular re-education and SomaYoga Therapy. It easily and quickly erasing tension in the body, re-educating the sleepy or chronically tight and braced muscles, then taking the body into load and functional challenge to mimc those things we do in life everyday.

SomaYoga Therapy has been looking at movement function the way Peter explains since its inception and it is exciting to see where the fitness/movement industry will go with this new information.