Sue Falsone Cervical Talk – What is the Cervical Thoracic Junction? Cervical Thoracic Drills
Sue Falsone, author of Bridging the Gap from Rehab to Performance and 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)
• The mobility of the CTJ (27:47)
• Compensatory Movement (31:06)
• Deep Neck Flexors (35:07)
• Summary (37:54)
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