Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, Oct. 09:
"The neutral spine principle, M. Wallden DO".
"The migratory fascia hypothesis, P. Lelean."
From page 351, "being able to dissociate the spine from the hips is a foundational movement skill".
First of all, Dr. Wallden did a great job of articulating his view on the topic. However, I'm still not buying into this. Yes, the neutral spine is something to be desired, but is it something that needs to be taught? Or, is the neutral spine a chain reaction of everything that went before it? On page 358 he gives a chart of pathological findings, and corrective exercises to ameliorate them. The problem is every one of the exercises focuses in on the spine itself.
At GAIN '09 I spent about 3 hours going over 2 case studies of athletes I worked with personally with low back back pain. In both cases, there were upper & lower extremity reasons why the athletes could not maintain a neutral spine. Not one isolated "spine" exercise was performed.
I think the second article I referenced kind of backs me up. The author discovered abnormal fascial folds throughout the pelvis & hips in patients , which produced facial strain patterns , which could contribute to iliolumbar strain patterns. The concept of rather than a weak spine, a spine that is biomechanically fed erroneous neural input.
I'm not sure if there is one size fits all here. I'll continue to rehab it as I see it.