Low back pain- all about core stability, or is it?
Most people have, or know someone with, low back pain.
And if you've ever sought treatment for low back pain, chances are you've been told to strengthen your core with stabilisation exercises.
Stabilisation exercises are effective for reducing pain and improving function for people with low back pain. Here's the thing: just as effective for treatment of most people with low back pain is other whole body exercises such as walking, swimming, bike riding.
A 2014 good quality research paper (systematic review of 29 trials), demonstrated active exercise and stabilisation exercises have similar long term outcomes for people with low back pain.
So whether you want to activate your core, or pedal your pushy or just go for a walk in the park and smell the roses, remember: movement is the key. Move well, with focus, in a way that makes you feel good, that inspires you and that connects you to others.
Research info: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25488399