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Discussing Pilates, posterior pelvic tilting, abdominal bracing, neutral spine, planking…and other stuff

April 5, 2011

Dr. Shawn Thistle, certified Functional Anatomic Palpation Systems & Functional Range Release instructor (and CEO of discusses the literature surrounding the topics of posterior pelvic tilting, abdominal bracing, neutral spine posture, “planking”……a bunch of ‘stuff’ really.

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  1. Geoff Gamble permalink
    April 5, 2011 5:56 pm

    I think Shawn’s comments really drive home some issues that are rampant in the fitness industry. I find the fitness industry and alot of “personal trainers” to be the worst for grabbing onto “fad workouts” and buzz words like “core stability” and “functional training (I dont even want to get started on this topic).” We still see trainers all the time who are doing “core work” who are crushing the spine with traditional situps, supermans and oblique situps. As Shawn stated, this was a whirlwind tour of the recent literature on core stability, however, it is imcumbent upon every manual medicine practioner out there to have a firm grasp of the literature when providing exercises to their patients. Without it, you run the risk of setting your patients up for future problems or worse making their injuries worse. Overall, a fantastic discussion by Dr. Thistle.

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