Your patient has a dysfunctional thorax and it’s driving their symptoms, wherever they are. How can you clinically reason treating a non-painful thorax for distal symptoms, such as the foot and hip?
The body translates the head, thorax, and the pelvis over the feet for many reasons. Offloading a painful foot, knee, hip is one reason, the other can be an ingrained movement pattern that has been there for years because of an old injury or from a dominant movement or sport history.
Join Susan and Erica as they discuss thoracic drivers and how they can relate to hip and foot dysfunction. They discuss patterns of non-optimal movement in the thorax and how you would progress exercise appropriately in these patients.
A glance at this episode:
- [2:13] The thoracic driver is part of the body that is not moving well
- [6:47] How do you know if it’s a thoracic driver
- [8:40] What’s driving the pain
- [15:12] Working into the thorax to improve proprioception
- [19:02] Compression on the dominant side of the body
- [20:34] Looking further into more drivers
- [25:52] The importance of proprioceptors and proprioception