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The terms Pilates, core stability retraining or 'core work' all refer to a system of exercise formulated by Joseph Pilates over 80 years ago. Applying modern day scientific principles, the original Pilates work exercises have changed since its inception and is now more commonly known as core stability retraining.
The 'core unit' is a set of muscles that form a moveable cylindrical support system for the lower back and pelvis. The muscles that comprise the core unit are the transversus abdominis, diaphragm, multifidus and pelvic floor.
Core stability retraining refers to the specific training and exercise of these muscles to produce strong and coordinated pain free movement.
Why do core stability retraining?
Recent studies have shown that core stability retraining is effective in the management and treatment of many conditions that relate to human movement as well improve one's overall strength. It works by teaching coordinated activation and sequencing of the correct muscles during movement whether it be sport or simple daily activities, such as bending forward. Many musculoskeletal injuries and conditions are often as a consequence of poor movement patterns that may have been as a result of trauma, pregnancy, incorrect biomechanics, increase in training demands or over working particularly in sedentary positions.
Exercising the core unit specifically and effectively gives the body a strong foundation to move, thereby improving overall movement patterns and reducing musculoskeletal symptoms.
What conditions are appropriate for core stability retraining?
Because we all generally move, core stability retraining is appropriate for everyone who wants to move well. More specifically, core stability retraining can be used for the following:
Improving posture
Pelvic floor retraining
Increasing flexibility
Addressing biomechanical issues
Increasing muscle tone & strength
Addressing muscular imbalances
Reducing lower back pain
Pregnancy related musculoskeletal issues
Eliminating chronic muscular strains
Reducing neck pain
Managing lumbo-pelvic related pain
Enhancing sports performance
Injury management & prevention