The primal nature of core function: in rehabilitation & performance conditioning.
- Matt Wallden
- Journal of bodywork and movement therapies
In the Prevention & Rehabilitation section for this edition, there are two articles; the first The Core: understanding it and retraining its dysfunction is a review of much of the literature regarding core function, including some of the debate, the controversies and some relatively new unexplored concepts around assessing and rehabilitating the core. In particular, the paper focuses on how to differentiate between the anterior pelvic crossed syndrome and the posterior pelvic crossed syndrome and how breathing retraining is key in redressing the balance between the anterior-lateral abdominal wall and the diaphragm. The second article, called Facilitating Change Through Active Rehabilitation Techniques is a suggested clinical screening protocol, which could be applied to the core as it could to any part of the body requiring assessment and rehabilitative or performance conditioning intervention. The premise of this second paper is to provide a logical sequence to rehabilitation; and to consider that, though we may not initially view patients as athletes, all will likely have an athletic requirement on their body, for which they may be able to train to both enhance performance and to avoid future injury or reinjury. It also explains how strength training may be important in offering much needed support in recovery of injury to structures of the passive subsystem (such as joints, capsules, fascia, discs and so on.)