The Myth of Core Stability


If you have a problem with pain in your back, you may have been to improve stability around the midsection. However, this advice may not be as helpful as it sounds.

Examining the Core of the Problem

Where did the idea of a weak core causing pain in your back come from? Eyal Lederman examined the assumptions driving this idea in a review in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. He discovered a disproportionate focus on the strength of the transverse abdominis, spurred on by an assumed correlation between back pain and weak muscles deep in the abdomen. Lederman’s review suggested the core muscles are seen as more important than any other muscle in regards to stability and pain prevention.

The Transverse Abdominis: A Key Player?

The transverse muscles are situated deep inside your abdominal area, but there doesn’t seem to engage their transverse muscles, but this shows an adaptation rather than direct causation.

Simplifying Pain Management

Narrow focus on core strength in treating back pain. Stripping treatment down toms from worsening.

The Reality of Movement

Learning tor skill development, and variations between individuals aren’t indicative of back pain prevalence.

Having a strong and stable core does help with daily movement and can prevent you from hurting yourself during routine tasks. Core stability also reduces the chance of falling so that you don’t wind up in pain from an injury, but it may not be the best solution if you already have pain in your back. While strengthening your core in general is never a bad idea, talk with your doctor before assuming a “bad back” is the cause of your discomfort.