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Part II Spring/Summer 2010 Correcting Rotations
I’ve been working on rotations for years, especially the last six or seven, and mostly they take time to work out. Slight rotations can be the crankiest in fact, but all rotations involve muscles of rotation and the spine.
Rotations in the torso – be they in the hips, the mid-back, or the shoulders/cervicals are complicated and, especially in the case of scoliosis, can take numbers of sessions to work out. However, there are certain muscles that are invariably implicated and others that are implicated after getting the primary ones initially worked out. The initial muscles that you’ll be working with are: serratus anterior, low trapezius, psoas and gluteus maximus. These four muscles are the beginning and may blow each other out in Triads – please see my DVD or ask someone who has from Alive and Well!. (I’d love to teach a class on Triads. If you’re interested, please send name, address and phone number to email@example.com and we’ll be in touch.).
A typical triad pattern in hip rotations will involve three of the following: glut maximus, anterior serratus, low trap, and psoas and may switch off more than one of the other muscles. The ones that make up the Triad depend on the rotation. At a certain point, after a couple of corrections, the pattern can switch to the mirroring set of muscles being switched off. In other words, rather than left glut, right low trap switching off right psoas, rt glut, left low trap, is switching off left psoas. Usually it will switch back to the primary offending pattern after a correction or two.
The person on the table may note that the same muscle patterns are being tested over and over and it appears they aren’t correcting. In fact, we are re-correcting them each time they get switched off due to a change in alignment brought about by other corrections we’re doing in between. What is happening is the following: the same muscle pattern is being tested over and over again to ensure that it is switching on as the alignment of the skeleton changes in response to other patterns being corrected in between. The fact that we have to keep correcting a particular pattern is a good thing because with each new alignment attained we correct the offending pattern, which means that as the person moves through myriad normal alignment changes in daily life the pattern will still switch on as needed.
With each pattern we correct there is the possibility that the original offending pattern has switched off again. We want to make sure it is switching on as the person’s alignment changes.
A telltale sign that an offending pattern has switched off again is the following: after accomplishing better alignment the body reverts to misalignment after a correction. It is imperative to go back to the implicated pattern and make sure it hasn’t switched off. This stands for any chronic problem you’re trying to correct.
It is imperative to go back and check the pattern(s) that chronically shut(s) down as the alignment incrementally changes as per the red flags – reversion to misalignment, recurrence of pain gotten rid of earlier, a muscle seizing up that was relaxed a moment ago. As we move through life our alignment changes minute to minute. We want all our muscle patterns to work no matter what alignment we are in; we don’t want a pattern to only work in a particular alignment. That is exactly what pulls us back into chronic misalignments and pain.
Just this morning I was working on a client who has trouble with her left shoulder, which is much built up between her scalpula and spine causing a shoulder rotation toward the ceiling when she is prone. One of the problems was the pattern between the supraspinatus and the low trap. First the supra switched off the low trap, which we corrected. Then the triad of rhomboid to supra switched off the low trap, which we corrected. We did some triad work with both rhomboids and anterior serratus’ and she started getting discomfort in the upper shoulder. I checked the supra to the low trap and the low trap was getting switched off again, so we corrected it again. Then we worked with the serratus, the rhomboids, the rectus femorous’, and various other spinal problem patterns. When checking her cervicals to her low back and rectus femorous she got a spasm in the shoulder area. Back we went to see if the supra was once again switching off the low trap – it was and once again we corrected it. Then we corrected the triad we had uncovered involving the ser, rhomb., and rectus femorous. With each correction we could feel the supra releasing at a deeper and deeper level. When you work this way you have much better staying power with each session and you get into the deep layers that can’t be reached initially.
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Check the diaphragm and jolts when a muscle turns off at odd times or doesn’t correct right away.
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