My projects involve taking a published research article and writing a review for the members of the Brookbush Institute site. The latest article is centered around the thoracolumbar fascia (faSHe) and uses various anatomic and physiologic aspects to provide a very extensive review of the literature. What I want to give YOU is the APPLICATION aspect of such a thorough article, because filtering-out the nitty gritty embryologic, anatomic, histologic and biomechanics can be rather daunting (I know, I did just that).
Feel free to click on the photo above, which is from the original article, or click this link http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22630613 for the roughly 30 page article....
Here it is, the article's "take-home" message:
1: Thoraco-lumbar fascia (T/L fascia) exists as a piece of connective tissue between the torso and the extremities
2: This piece of fascia can transmit forces (caused by various muscle contractions) to create trunk/spinal stability
3: Due to elaborate connections, the sacroiliac joints can be stabilized by contralateral contraction of gluteus maximus (your big butt muscle) and the latissimus dorsi (what I refer to as the handcuff or swimmer muscle)
4: T/L fascia contains nerve endings that allow us to perceive pain from this tissue
5: T/L fascia contains nerve endings that allow us to perceive joint motions (i.e. close your eyes and move your torso, your brain is able to sense and interpret the magnitude and direction of the way you move)
6: Frequently implicated in movement dysfunctions involving arms, legs or trunk (perform a squat with your arms overhead and you'll see what I'm talking about)
Of the 6 items mentioned above, please take away something from this research. Whether that is to question someone who knows about human movement or to question Google on the topic, do something with this information.
Hopefully you enjoy whatever it is you learn. Never stop learning.
Thanks for reading and I always look forward to hearing from you.