Deep Fascia Part Two. Thoracolumbar Fascia
If I had to vote for one of the most important fascias in the human body, it would have to be the Thoracolumbar fascia. I refer to it as the biomechanical fuse box for the whole body and you could probably trace most muscles back there in very few steps. I was teased mercilessly by Tom Myers a few years ago when I said how this was my favourite bit of the body. “It’s a crush. You’ll grow out of it,” he said. I haven’t!
Traditionally it is shown as having three layers to it (although this is disputed by Carla Stecco and André Vleeming) and connects up the upper body, the diaphragm, the psoas and the pelvis. Understanding this layer I believe is one of the keys to successful practice in the field of movement and manual therapy. The under or over stability of this area has knock on effects for the whole body and the way it moves.
I am hugely excited to be sharing some information about an area that I feel could hold the answers to so many structural problems.