Cervical Radiculopathy, Lower Body Elevation, and Shortcomings of My Approach – Movement Debrief Episode 82

Movement Debrief Episode 82 is in the books. Below is a copy of the video for your viewing pleasure, and audio if you can’t stand looking at me.

Here is the set list:

  • What are some key assessments for cervical radiculopathy?
  • What is my treatment hierarchy for cervical radiculopathy?
  • Why have I been elevating the lower body on many exercises?
  • Why is inversion a useful move for improving mobility?
  • What are some of the weaknesses in my current approach?
  • What areas to I struggle in?
  • What am I doing to improve upon those areas?

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Below is a picture of the brachial plexus

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Bill Hartman

Pump handle

Zone of apposition

Below are some of my favorite inversion-based moves

I like starting a lot of people off with a rockback. Great way to passively get posterior tilt of the pelvis, and keep the lower ribs dropped:

You can also add more reaching by trying the elevated rockback reach:

From there, I’ll progress to a decline quadruped on elbows. This allows for more antero-posterior upper thorax expansion (2 airex pads are a must):

From there, you’ll want to kick it up a notch with something such as the downward dog:

And if you really want to drive pump handle, and get that last bit of shoulder flexion, the feet elevated downward dog is money.

You’ll can also make this more dynamic, with the retro respiratory inchworm

Backward roll variations can also be quite useful in that regard with a similar concept. I like this move for driving lumbar flexion/spinal inhalation:

There’s lot’s of Seth Oberst around these parts. You can find a review of his course here, or see what he spoke about when we presented together here.

Bryan Walsh

The Breathe Institute


Cervical Radiculopathy

Elevating the Lower Body

Shortcomings of My Approach