Sue Falsone Cervical Talk – What is the Cervical Thoracic Junction? Cervical Thoracic Drills
Sue Falsone, who brought us the Thoracic Spine lecture, returns to look a little higher at the cervical spine. As she’s developing the anatomy knowledge for us, she also encourages us to look below, through the t-spine and into the lumbar region. She describes the anatomy, then tells of a few of her favorite exercises dedicated to the area.
“We have to look at the cervical thoracic junction in relation to everything surrounding it — how it relates to the cervical spine, the thoracic spine, the lumbar spine, or how the lumbar spine relates to it and the position of the head, to the shoulder blades, the ribs, the diaphragmatic breathing, the psychology of things. As people get stressed out and tired, this is a really common area of tension. We have to incorporate looking at the entire upper quarter and including the lumbar spine as a whole. You can’t look at it independently.” ~Sue Falsone
• Skeletal Anatomy (3:04)
• Osteokinematics (11:20)
• Breathing (18:06)
• Posture and Stability (23:57)
• Mobility of the CTJ (27:47)
• Compensatory Movement (31:06)
• Deep Neck Flexors (35:07)
• Summary (37:54)
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.