The body’s ability to suspend itself in an upright position and to maintain its shape is, in large part, determined by the proper balance between its vertical spine and its internal horizontal myofascial diaphragms.
To support the vertical integrity of the legs, we need horizontal balance between the arches of each foot. To support the vertical integrity at the sacrum and SI joints, we need horizontal integrity in the myofascial diaphragm of the pelvic floor. And to support vertical integrity in the lumbar spine, we need horizontal integrity and balance between the pelvic and respiratory myofascial diaphragms.
Before there can be vertical integrity in the thoracic spine, there must be horizontal integrity and balance between the respiratory and plural miofascial diaphragms (the thoracic outlet). And before there can be vertical integrity in the cervical spine, there must be horizontal integrity and balance between the thoracic outlet and the cranial base.
Today in clinic, we are tasked with creating balance and span across the transverse myofascial layers of the inner pelvis – the pelvic floor. To be clear, when we release adhesion of the sacrotuberous and sacrococcygeal ligaments, we are not only addressing tailbone injury and sacral immobility, we are addressing the vertical integrity and mobility of the entire spine. When we release adhesion between the obturator internus and externus, we are not only addressing long-term contraction of the pelvic floor and side-to-side structural imbalance between the ilia, we are also addressing the physical residue of trauma and sexual abuse.
When we address adhesion between the obturators and piriformis layers, we are not only addressing rotation and side-to-side imbalance between the ilia, we are mobilizing the sacrum and supporting the lumbar spine’s ability to extend. And when we release adhesion between the surrounding fascial envelopes of the inner pelvis and the abdomen, we are not only beginning to address strain and structure imbalance in the digestive and reproductive systems, but we are also affecting the way our client moves internally and feels about him / herself!