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This quote comes from Erik Daltons latest newsletter about breathing – “A weakened diaphragm causes increased resting tone in upper rib cage muscles such as the scalenes, upper trapezius, levator scapula, and pectorals. The latissimus dorsi, pectoralis major and minor are not typically thought of as accessory muscles of breathing, but may be recruited in faulty movement patterns such as paradoxical breathing, where the abdomen moves in on inspiration and out on expiration. This common muscle imbalance pattern creates shoulder girdle protraction, forward head carriage, and decreased lumbar lordosis. Forward head posture may result in significant suboccipital and cervicothoracic pain, as these areas are now asked to bear excessive loads to compensate for the hyperkyphotic t-spine.”

Couldn’t agree more and we see this evident when testing with the Chapmans Reflexes strength testing for both diaphragm and thorax. Especially note that the posterior muscles including latissimus dorsi, levator scapula and I would also include serratus posterior here will become dysfuntionally weak and shortened. We see that when testing the bodies capacity to take their arms into full extension overhead in supine and when we see end of range and the ribs “pop” up adding upper lumbar extension to get more range for the arms and ribs.

My favourite way to address this phenomena is to apply neurology via #ChapmansReflexes FIRST and then apply all other treatments of choice, esp the technique that Erik shows in his video.

Not sure how to test and stimulate these #neurolymphatic points? Well it’s right here in this video attached below.


Paula Nutting Director Your Musculoskeletal Specialist
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