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Experiencing Core Strength Using Out of the Box Strategies

February 4, 2015

 In order to prevent back injury we need to have a strong resiliant core--that's a given. However several recent studies on core stability have concluded the way we're going about developing core strength needs to be revisited.

  • There may be potential danger of damaging the spine with continuous tensing of the trunk muscles during daily and sports activities.
  • [People] who have been trained to use complex abdominal hollowing and bracing manoeuvers should be discouraged from using them.
Lederman, Eyal, “The Myth of Core Stability”, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Vol. 14, 2010.
 
The findings of this study beg the question, if you can't tense the trunk muscles how do you strengthen your core for effective functional movement. The answer lies in learning how to reorganize the neuromotor patterns (brain patterns related to movement) for more effective functional movement. (NOTE: If you're interested in an in-depth explanation of how that works read Norman Doidge's new book The Brain's Way of Healing). For our purposes you can try the following experiment to experience how quickly you can make a change to the organization of the core.
 

Here's a Little Experiment to Improve Core Organization

The time required for doing the whole set is under 10 minutes. Not bad to notice a significant change--don't you agree? Follow along with the three videos.
NOTE: The material contained in this lesson is not intended as a substitute for medical treatment. Consult your doctor or physiotherapist if you have any concerns.
  • Do this Awareness Through Movement sequence and notice the amount of effort you need to do the movements. We will use this as a baseline and come back to the same movements at the end.

  • Now do the next set of movements. What you do here may seem insignificant but this is where out of the box strategies come into the picture.

  • Repeat the steps in the first video (I've put it below for your convenience) and notice how your ability to do the movements has changed.

  • Do you feel how your movements have become more coordinated? Is it muscle or brain? If only muscle were involved it wouldn't happen that fast. Neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change itself is an out of the box approach and it works. What we've done here is a taste of what can happen when you access the brain to enhance movement. Stay tuned for more body magic. There may be a Feldenkrais class around the corner from where you live. 

Have a great day!

 




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