Pilates abdominal exercises


How effective are Pilates abdominal exercises and training?
Whether the goal is preventive, injury recovery, rehabilitation, or performance enhancement good ‘‘core’’ fitness is a must, and the way your abdominal muscles are recruited is crucial. This is how the correct Pilates abdominal exercises can help improve your core fitness.

How is this anatomically sound? (the boring bits)
Researchers have demonstrated that a delayed activation of the transverse abdominus muscle during arm or leg movements has been found to distinguish LBP patients from asymptomatic individuals. This means that inappropriate muscle activation patterns during seemingly trivial tasks, such as bending over to pick up a pencil, can compromise spine stability and potentiate buckling of the passive ligamentous restraints. Ironically, when the spine is under load it is best stabilized, but when ‘‘surprised’’ by trivial load at a vulnerable time such as in the morning or after prolonged sitting the spine stability system is most dysfunctional.This motor control skill has also been shown to be more compromised under challenging aerobic circumstances.
“Research from the University of Waterloo in Canada has found that while certain muscles such as multifidus and transverse abdominus may have special relevance in distinguishing LBP subjects from asymptomatic individuals that these muscles are part of a much bigger orchestra responsible for spinal stability
(Kavcic et al., 2004 ). They demonstrated that different muscles played greater or lesser roles depending on the activity/exercise. Sufficient stability, according to McGill, is defined as the amount of muscle stiffness necessary for stability along with a safety margin (McGill, 2006, 2007 ). Cholewicki et al. (1997) showed that modest levels of co-activation are necessary, but if a joint has lost its stiffness greater amounts of co-activation are needed” (Liebenson et al p.194).

How can Pilates help?
Specific Pilates spine stabilization exercises can help achieve superior outcomes in chronic patients with lumbar spine problems. By offering you supervised stabilization training, which has shown to be superior to home exercises and superior to no exercise at all, our Pilates method aims to restore spinal function with the goal of reducing low back pain. With focus and dedication you will see and feel results sooner than you think.

How do we work at Core Kensington studio?
At Core Kensington we understand our clients programming goals and exercise management for the lumbo-pelvic region and are able to apply the latest research in post-rehabilitative theory. We will identify your programming priorities so appropriate exercises can be selected in order to optimize the function of your entire spine.

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Liebenson, C. (2007) A modern approach to abdominal training. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (2007) 11, 194–198