THE IMPORTANCE OF SPINAL ROTATION
☑ Yes, our spines tend to twist and rotate in order to adapt to our lifestyles and compensatory patterns. It is very common for me to see this and it has been the fact with my own spine in the past.The problem is that when this happens, it affects a whole lot of other parts of your body. Now, it is very difficult for me to determine whether your spine was the instigator of everything, however once I find a twisted spine, it is usually followed by a rotated and elevated on one side rib cage, a pelvic dysfunction and a scapular imbalance, not to say that these are the only problems that are present, there could be a connection with femur alignment, one leg may present shorter than the other, and foot positioning - usually people will be experiencing over pronation or external rotation on the side which is compensating and doing all the work. .
➡ CAN A TWISTED SPINE BE CORRECTED?
YES! Yes it can, of course this is relevant to the degree of curvature, rotation ,etc... and how it was acquired. If you believe that the imbalance is muscular and based on the position of certain joints, then it can most definitely be corrected. One of the ways for correcting a spinal rotation and especially when you find that one side of the rib cage is elevated, is working with the QL and releasing all the tension that gets built up in there. I will expand on the spine a bit more in my next post, for now let us look at the QL release in the video.
➡ IT HURTS LIKE A BITCH 😤
Yes, the QL is a muscle which you need to be careful with and approach with respect. It is located in a very vulnerable position in the body and is has an important role in pelvic movements when we walk, run, sit, breathe, etc... Hold on a sec, did you just say breathe, Brad? Yes, I said breathe. Due to the position of the QL and its attachment point to the rib cage, it will be affected when the rib cage elevates and expands when we breathe. It will also have a connection with the SERRATUS POSTERIOR muscle, which is in charge of aiding the rib cage with inhalation as it elevates the rib cage when we inhale.
WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SERRATUS POSTERIOR AND THE QL? 🤷🏽♂
The QL is an accessory muscle to expiration, while the serratus posterior is an accessory muscle to inhalation. What does that mean? It means agonist-antagonist relationship baby. When one muscle contracts, the other one stretches. When one muscle is unable to contract or there is dysfunction, the other one struggles. So, you can see how releasing the QL can not only help with spine, pelvis and rib cage position, but also have a role in helping someone breathe better. Food for thought!