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Pelvic tilt

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Pelvic tilt
I was taught several years ago to do what was called a "pelvic tilt" exercise to restore abdominal muscle tone, postpartum.  I've done it for years now, first thing every morning, while lying on my back on a carpeted floor.  It uses the stomach and rib cage to tilt the pelvis.  I thought it was good to strenghten my stomach muscles and lengthen my tight lower back muscles.  It seemed to be helpful. But after reading your book, I'm not sure if I should do them anymore.  Also, I'm wondering if the engaging the rib anchor while lying on my back(Page 198 in your book)is what I should do instead.  Unfortunately, I'm having a difficult time trying to "get" this! Thanks! Zoeyb
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You certainly "got" the theory. Here is a recent post on Tara Parker Pope's New York Times Well blog suggesting people rethink the pelvic tilt - http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/core-myths/?ref=magazine She refers to Stuart McGill's work that also suggests it doesn't make sense to distort the back in an effort to strengthen the "core" muscles. Do consider posting to let people know about this work as well! To get the "rib anchor" action it helps to place your fingers on the bottom of your ribcage and gently push backwards. This is the action you are looking for and doing it with your fingers helps the appropriate muscles to get the idea of what they need to be doing. Good luck!
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