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Difficult Thoracic Spine Case Suggestions

Keep assessing globally and aim to find the key link. 

That said, some of the patterns that have worked require more optimal core integrity….essentially normalizing the core. Not muscle specific but an adequate and appropriate balance of activity based on the load or demand placed on the system. Proximal stability (maintenance of expiratory position and cylindrical core activation) in the presence of distal mobility (extension movement of the hip)

Diaphragmatic breathing

Dead bug

Kneeling ball rollout

Plank walkout 

Y-T-V drills

Push up variations

Once saggital stabilization is established, rotation moments are then assessed and challenged.

Make sure the T-L junction has good motion and that there is no, and I mean zero malposition of the pelvis.  Rule out any tight hamstring issues or anterior pelvic tilt from tight quads, which either way leads to chronic shortness of the iliopsoas. Iliopsoas has a huge number of attachments in the trunk to flex the hip without falling over, but when short, in standing, it pulls the lumbar and last thoracic vertebrae forward and down.  Look at the whole ribcage – take your finger and palpate between every rib and find active intercostal trigger points. No one hardly ever does this for clients…a lot is missing in between those ribs related to Tsp.  

You get my point – keep looking globally, work locally at the T-L junction, the intercostals, more psoas. Maybe the hamstrings and quads. Make sure the person learns what a stable pelvis feels like and facilitate/strengthen muscles to keep it there.

PS. I have good news. I was invited to teach in Brazil on Nov 10-13.


Deep breathing does help stress

Can a few deep breaths really help calm down your stress level? Absolutely. And scientists have even studied how it works… Deep abdominal breathing stimulates the vagus nerve, which runs from your brain stem down through your abdomen. This is the main nerve of the relaxation response. Once stimulated, the vagus activates a chemical compound called acetylcholine–a neurotransmitter that reduces inflammation and sends messages from your brain throughout your body. And the messages all say, “Relax.” As an added bonus, new research shows that the stimulated vagus nerve also activates stem cells that actually repair brain tissue damaged by inflammation. All of that, just from taking deep breaths.