Sue Falsone Thoracic Spine – Thoracic Spine Mobility – Thoracic Spine Mobility Drills
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 an 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 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
• 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)
Sue Falsone is the President and Founder of Structure & Function Education and Falsone Consulting, along with being an Associate professor at A.T. Still University in the Athletic Training program.
After graduate school, Sue spent 13 years at Athletes’ Performance where she began her focus on Bridging the Gap from Rehab to Performance, working closely with the performance and nutritional teams to create an integrative experience for all athletes.
For over two decades, Sue has immersed herself in the culture, education, and advancement of the athletic training, physical therapy, and strength and conditioning professions.
“Over the course of her career, Sue has been one of the very few individuals who has had a chance to work in all different domains of sports medicine, including injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance training. This unique experience has given her an amazing perspective on how all three of those areas can, and should, work together. Her new book, “Bridging the Gap from Rehab to Performance,” overviews her approach to this spectrum and shares an amazing perspective laced with clinical pearls that only someone with her experience could offer.”
~ Mike Reinold, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS, Champion PT and Performance, Boston, MA
“My rehab process with Sue was like getting a personal MBA! Outlining the process of bridging the gap from rehab to performance educated and motivated me on a daily basis and allowed me to return to the field healthier and stronger than before my injury. I didn’t just rehab my shoulder injury…I felt like I was rehabbing my whole body and mind. I came out moving better and more efficiently, knowing the concept and process before beginning the rehab process created immediate buy-in and allowed me to be relentless in focusing on the daily process toward returning to the field better than before. Sue is simply phenomenal!”
~ Matt Kata, Manager of Youth Baseball Development, Cleveland Indians, Former MLB player
Jesse Riley –
Sue does an exquisite job or describing the significance of the T spine. She starts with a very basic approach that allows even a lay person to understand then dives in deeper sharing her methodology of how the T spine is part of the core. It’s a top seller for a reason.
Osteokinematic description was bang-on and followed up with a great progressive exercise (mobility) section. Thanks, I will be ordering more!!
Excellent tutorial. Provides a thorough understanding of how the thoracic properly functions and what to do when it no longer does. Very informative section on proper breathing. Only topic which might have been included is thoracolumbar junction (T12/L1) pain and referrred pain, which I have been trying to overcome for over 4 months now with my Physical Therapist..
Daniel Menard –
Thomas Meyers evidence based dissection of the myofascial connection of the longitudinal toe to tongue pathway and Porges polyvagal theory gives rise to new and interesting permutations of our current rudimentary understanding of movement theory. Here’s another interesting thought from Fishman &Saltontall: http://yogauonline.com/yogatherapy/ellen-saltonstall I’d like to hear your thoughts on this joint mobility issue and how it is considered a sub-chakra and avenue to better overall health
Eric Lazar –
Excellent detail on the anatomical and biomechanical importance of this frequently neglected area. Coincides with the joint by joint approach, and goes much deeper into the functional importance of the musculature (especially the diaphragm), with great explanations of the physiology of breathing. Also provides ideas to apply immediately in the clinic.
This lecture was very helpful because of how Sue is able to get her message across to her listeners. She does speak with proper anatomical language but she does not attempt to “talk above anyone.” Her information was helpful and I would recommend this to anyone who would like to learn more about an area of the body that everyone would benefit from learning more about.