Exploring the Significance of Abdominal Drawing-in and Segmental Stabilisation Training (SST) for Low Back Pain Management


  • Rasim ul Hasanat Private physiotherapy practitioner, Karachi, Pakistan;
  • Farooq Azam Rathore Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFIRM), Rawalpindi, Pakistan.




Segmental Stabilisation Training (SST) a programme
initially conceived by Carolyn Richardson and her team,
serves as a specialised approach tailored to alleviate
mechanical low back pain. Built upon decades of rigorous
research, this exercise model rests upon the foundational
principles of core stability. SST is unique due to its singular
focus on addressing the root cause of low back pain,
thereby presenting a promising avenue for averting the
frequent relapses characteristic of this condition. Many
fitness regimens that emphasize core stability incorporate
the Abdominal Drawing-in manoeuver. However, the
efficacy of this technique often remains unrealized due to
a lack of awareness regarding its correct execution. It is
imperative to note that the true benefits of the Abdominal
Drawing-in manoeuver manifest only when performed
accurately, ensuring the activation of deep core muscles
and, in turn, preventing the recurrence of low back pain.
The SST programme offers clear and precise guidance,
enabling both clinicians and patients to acquire the
requisite skills for its correct implementation. This minireview
highlights the significance of SST in low back pain
management and also elucidates the crucial role of precise
technique execution.
Keywords: Low Back Pain, Exercise Therapy, Core Stability,
Exercise Movement Technique, Physical Therapy Specialty,
Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.



How to Cite

Rasim ul Hasanat, & Farooq Azam Rathore. (2024). Exploring the Significance of Abdominal Drawing-in and Segmental Stabilisation Training (SST) for Low Back Pain Management. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 74(7), 1384–1386. https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.24-57




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