If breathing exercises don’t change symptoms, what’s next? Although exercises I teach do WONDERS for symptom relief, you don’t always get the incredible results that people show on social media. Sometimes the results are mild. Sometimes you even FAIL. This case study I’m about to show you is an example of that. Here, you’ll see that I get pretty solid changes on the table, but symptoms are minimally impacted. What do you do then? Watch the video and read the case report below to learn.Read More
If you have knee pain, this case study is a MUST to see Does your knee cap point inward but your foot? point outward? If so, then you MUST check out this post because we outline a critical factor with this postural presentation: A “twisted” knee occurs for different reasons in different people. I’ll illustrate why by checking out this narrow infrasternal angle case study below. You’ll find that the way this person does it is different from other folks.Read More
Why hip flexion is SO much more than a sagittal plane movement You may think hip flexion is as easy as bringing your knee to your chest, but there is SO much more going on. In fact, the act of hip flexion has various rotational elements about it, and better understanding these elements can greatly enhance our exercise selection, helping our clients move and perform better.garageband Don’t worry fam, we get into the weeds and come out with an easy understanding of hip flexion in Movement Debrief Episode 160!Read More
Those pesky people who have infrasternal angles right in the middle. What do you call him? Well in this case study, we talk about some tips and tricks for pinpointing the ISA that you are dealing. We also dive into the following topics: A couple quick tests to confirm the infrasternal angle Why the xiphoid process is an unreliable reference point How to prioritize treatments for someone who is compressed in all directions with asymmetries. How shifting at different degrees of flexion changes the pelvic mechanicsRead More
What do you do if you have someone who is a narrow infrasternal angle, stiff as all hell, with some glaring asymmetries? Check out this video below, where a colleague and I walk through a case who presents in this manner. It in, you’ll hear about the following: How to test shoulder flexion more reliably How to build someone into half kneeling Moves to utilize for this type of individual Watch the video to learn what we did!Read More
Many times if you don’t get the result you are looking for movement-wise, it is often related to losing the stack (and not talking to Zac). How do you know where the failure occurred? That’s exactly what we sift through in this video. In it, we walk through a failed case, and look at where tweaks could be made to improve the outcome. Watch it to learn more! Looking at each component of the stack In this case of a person with shoulder pain, we look at some of the big limitations this person had: Decreased shoulder internal rotation biliaterally Decreased left shoulder external rotation Narrow infrasternal angle From here, you then need to look at each piece of the stack to determine how to design the activity with the best possible chance of success. What are those components? I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!! Here are the pieces we focus on for the stack in order of importance (though fam, you need to build it all!): Pelvic positioning Full exhale Pause and inhale with ab tension and relaxed upper thorax Reach without crunching Now based on what we need to maximize this person’s movement options, we can then engineer exercises with a high probability of increasing available movement. The keys we need to respect are restoring external rotation before internal rotation, respecting their anthropometric structure, and address asymmetry (shoulder rotation limitations indicate this person has a right rotation bias). Therefore, we can engineer activities that can create high odds for success:Read More
If your breathing is whack, learn these tricks from Zac Coaching the breathing mechanics needed to improve movement options can be tough. Especially with all the various compensatory strategies. These issues get even worse if you don’t fully grasp the mechanics. Moreover, what if your supreme clientele think they have to be breathing this wild and crazy way 20,000 times per day? We answer all these in more in today’s debrief. If you feel like you haven’t maximized your ability to coach and apply breathing, this post is a must. Check out Movement Debrief Episode 154 below to learn more! Watch the video below for your viewing pleasure. Or listen to my sultry voice on the podcast version: If you want to watch these live, add me on Instagram. Show notes Check out Human Matrix promo video below: Below are some testimonials for the class: Want to sign up? Click on the following locations below: August 14th-15th, 2021, Ann Arbor, MI (Early bird ends July 18th at 11:55 pm!) September 25th-26th, 2021, Wyckoff, NJ (Early bird ends August 22nd at 11:55 pm) October 23rd-24th, Philadelphia, PA (Early bird ends September 26th at 11:55pm) November 6th-7th, 2021, Charlotte, NC (Early bird ends October 3rd at 11:55 pm) November 20th-21st, 2021 – Colorado Springs, CO (Early bird ends October 22nd at 11:55 pm) December 4th-5th, 2021 – Las Vegas, NV (Early bird ends November 5th at 11:55 pm) Or check out this little teaser for Human Matrix home study. Best part is if you attend the live course you’ll getRead More
If you wonder if you can have a wide ribcage and narrow pelvis or ar confused by buckethandle dynamics, and all things inhaled and exhaled ribcage, this will be the post you want to check out.Read More
Okay breathing is important, but how? This post will tell youRead More
I measured the infrasternal angle…..uhhh, now what?
No doubt you’ve heard a bazillion things about the infrasternal angle. You maybe even have been measuring them pretty consistently and know it’s a big deal.
You know what we don’t talk about though?
What the hell do you do about it?!?!?
You’ll find out in this postRead More
Movement Debrief Episode 104 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 pelvic diaphragm mechanics during breathing? How do these mechanics relate to two different types of kegel (holding in urine vs gas) Is there a reason to encourage a kegel? What could be the negative implications of a kegel? What breathing mechanics does reaching overhead encourage? What type of reaching would each infrasternal angle presentation benefit from? What are some signs to differentiate an overuse injury vs tissue deconditioning? How do you encourage someone with an overuse injury to proceed? How do you encourage someone with tissue deconditioning to proceed?Read More
Movement Debrief Episode 88 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: How would you teach someone to coach breathing if the infrasternal angle cannot be measured? How could a manual therapist apply the principles that I teach? What areas should a manual therapist prioritize based on assessment? How is tongue posture affected by spinal/pelvic posture?Read More