The role of the core, and the strategies used to engage and train it is a hot topic.
There still does not appear to be evidence to show that core specific training has any added benefit over other exercise modalities for patients with chronic low back pain.
Dr John Booth discusses two main core activation strategies:
1. Hollowing - a gentle co-contraction of transverse abdominis and multifidus - recommended in cases of known spinal instability, eg spondylolisthesis, and