The Importance of the Abdominals

We have all been lectured and given the lecture on the importance of our core stabilizers, the abdominals.  Although everyone needs their abdominals, one patient population in particular needs an abdominal program instructed on their first visit, the PEC patient.  Someone who demonstrates a PEC pattern lacks the ability to “turn off” their hip flexors which positions their pelvis forward bilaterally.  A typical abdominal program would probably increase their symptoms and increase the strength of their already overdevelped hip flexors if the abdominal program didn’t first focus on pelvic position!  When using integrative non-manual techniques for treatment of a PEC pattern, one must always consider choosing an exercise that isolates the abdominals and minimizes hip flexor involvement!

Posted October 8, 2008 at 3:52PM
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