Deep longitudinal system & core stabilisation – Part 4

//Deep longitudinal system & core stabilisation – Part 4

Deep longitudinal system & core stabilisation – Part 4

One of the ways we can look at back health and saving our back is take our attention to the deep longitudinal system.The dominant role of the deep longitudinal system is to control ground reaction forces during gait motions. … The posterior oblique subsystem works synergistically with the deep longitudinal subsystem distributing transverse plane forces created through rotational activities.


The Deep Longitudinal Sling is made up of….

Anterior Tibialis
Peroneus Longus
Biceps Femoris
Sacrotuberous Ligament
Contralateral Erector Spinae


Together these muscles work as stabilizers of the hips and core. This is mainly seen as we walk, these muscles absorb energy from the ground and transfer it up the body. Where the energy being set up will dissipate before reaching the head if the core is acting properly.


A way of understanding this is to look at our walking, wen w walk we have low activation of the inner unit which in turn provides enough stiffness to protect the joints and provide support for the outer units. On walking when we swing one leg forward there is a counter rotation with the opposing arm. prior to the foot strike the hamstring becomes active. the deep longitudinal system uses thoracolumbar fascia and paraspinal muscle systems to transmit kinetic energy above the pelvis while using the biceps hamstring as a communicator between the pelvis and lower limb.


The Biceps Femoris has a special value in the stabilization of the hips. As the Biceps Femoris is contracted the sacrotuberous ligament is pulled down with it. This forces closure of the Sacroiliac Joint (SI Joint). Dorsiflexion of the foot activates the biceps femoris just prior to heel strike therefore serves to ” wind up” the thoracolumbar fascia mechanism  as means of stabilising the lower extremity and storing kinetic energy  that will be released in gait.






Scientific Core conditioning – Paul Chek

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Nisha is a certified Chek practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach.Her journey started when a visiting Laban teacher introduced her to Pilates at Dance College during her first year. It's effects were forgotten but she then re discovered Pilates through Michael King eleven years later whilst running her dance school. Her background spans over 25 years with formal training in classical ballet, modern dance, tap, national choreography, stage production and theatre. Her formation includes Pilates, Thai bodywork, Yoga, GYROTONIC, GYROKINESIS and anatomical studies. Her particular interest is fascia, and the connective lines and movement patterns that allow a full moving structure rather than the isolation of bones and muscles. Her fascination with questioning the traditions of modern medicine and fascination with searching for meaningful answers has taken her in many different directions and has offered her an abundance of opportunities gaining a wealth of knowledge. “I tried many movement modalities and extended my search after experiencing fascia, because of its simplicity in movement. Quickly, I noticed my own body changing as well as the bodies of my own clients. In the last 25 years of teaching I’ve developed a workout unique to Yoga Anatomy". Throughout her studies Nisha has done numerous dissections with Julian Baker and Cery Davies and has the opportunity to take lectures and courses from Robert Schleip, Joanne Avisons, Tom Myers, Matt Wallden, Emma Lane, Gary Carter, Paul Chek, Dan Hellman, Peter Blackaby, James de Silva plus many many more Nishas teaching method promotes reflective self-discovery and provides the requirements to integrate a shift in consciousness for attaining individual goals. She maintains that an attitude of compassion, consistency and joyous humor are excellent components to growth and expanded potential. She welcomes all level of movers from the beginner to the seasoned athlete who have a desire to increase their skill potential, also teachers and students. Her specialties include assisting post rehabilitative individuals, injury prevention for dancers and athletes and advanced movement programs.