Core strength exercises could make chronic back pain worse

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Here is a great post on how “core” is being misused, and the correct way to retrain your core stability.

Finally a nice little piece on how the term “core” is being misused in today’s fitness industry. Contributed to by 2 very highly regarded Physiotherapists in the field, this is the exact reason we offer Clinical Pilates and KLT in our rehab gym. Stabilise yourself with movement. Great article. I do need to point out, the article mentions use of the reformer, and depending on how you read it, use of a reformer could be construed as being positive or negative. I think the important thing to take out of this is that lying on your back using a reformer uses just a part of your ‘core’ and it is very beneficial in learning how to activate your deep core – Paul does not specify. For functional core strengthening (ie the core you use when you work or play sport), lying on your back using a reformer is not ideal as your spine is not bending, and this is the clarification you need to keep in mind when you read this article. Essentially if you have great Clinical Pilates instructors, you will learn about the different levels of core and how they all interact, and how to strengthen them all correctly.

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