Sue Falsone is known among her peers as the go-to gal for T-spine knowledge, and in this lecture, The Thoracic Spine — The Missing Link to Core Stability, we learn how she got that reputation. First we get a brief guide to the spinal structure, and then she goes deeper with a education on how to use t-spine mobility and breathing to encourage core stability. Note: She references images from the pdf in her lecture, and you may want to have that handy the first time through.
“It really sort of all ties together. When we look at the thoracic anatomy, it’s a kyphotic curve. When we’re born, obviously a baby is curled up into this little ball and has what’s called a primary curve.
“The primary curve is our kyphosis. We know in the cervical spine we have lordosis—our thoracic spine is a kyphosis. Our lumbar spine goes down into lordosis and then our sacral area is more in a kyphosis.” ~Sue Falsone
Duration: 70 minutes; Transcript: 42 pages with images; Mp3 file size: 178 MBs
• Kyphosis & Lordosis (2:30)
• Osteokinematics of the Spine & Ribs (4:00)
• Associated Osteokinematics (12:15)
• Posture & Alignment/Old System & New System (14:55)
• Lewitt’s Nociceptive Chain (19:55)
• Respiration vs. Breathing (21:25)
• The Diaphragm (24:35)
• Accessory Muscles (29:40)
• Lung Volumes & Muscle Function (35:40)
• Postural Implications (39:30)
• Pelvic Floor & The Diaphragm – Open Scissor Position (42:55)
• Mobilization Techniques/Interventions (45:35)
• Postural Exercises/Stretches (54:15)
• Overhead Squat Solutions (1:01:25)
Here’s a short clip to give you an idea of what this lecture sounds like:
Sue Falsone is the Head Athletic Trainer and Head of Sport Performance with the US Soccer Men’s National Team. She’s the former vice president of Performance Physical Therapy and Team Sports at Athletes Performance, and also the former head athletic trainer and physical therapist for the Los Angeles Dodgers. You can connect with Sue or keep up with her work via her site at suefalsone.com.