The Performance Matrix
MOVEMENT EFFICIENCY FOR A LIFETIME

Spiral into Control

8th July 2014

How does the body manage rotational challenges?

The spiral of muscles that interdigitate from shoulder to hip supply an answer. The connections between the serratus anterior on one shoulder to the external obliques and through to internal obliques down towards the opposite hip offers a system to control transverse plane movement challenges. A scapula that wings or a ribcage that flairs suggests there are deficits somewhere in the control abilities of this key trio.

To exactly identify what movement faults are not efficiently addressed a movement and performance screen is required. Once the exact site and direction of the impairment is clear alongside the intensity of exercise at which this happens the spiral can be targeted in the exact manner it needs.

More spirals exist around the foot, lower leg, and hips. Once enhanced, it seems clear rotation and asymmetrical challenges will be more effectively managed yet the forwards and backwards demands of sport and life will also benefit. The straight line muscles of speed and high load can be freed of rotational demands and be steered to focus solely on their principle roles. 

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