Breathing Essentials: Foundation Form Function of the Core
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Breathing Essentials: Foundation Form Function of the Core

Concepts of Trunk stability for Optimal Function and Motion
4.8 (6 ratings)
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Created by Debra Dent
Last updated 4/2020
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Improvement in core stability, improvement in breathing mechanics and function will be the benefit from this course.
  • The student does not have to have a prerequiste knowledge of anatomy to understand the function of the core and trunk stability.

The respiratory system is a vital component of spinal function. The rib cage is the center of trunk rotation and is important in transferring loads from the lower extremities and upper extremities through the various regions of the spine.   The rib cage is a prime base for muscle and fascial connections that affect the cervical and lumbo/pelvic regions. If we don't breathe properly, the rib cage can be altered and become dysfunctional with poor rotation and poor breathing patterns.   The diaphragm functions in posture and respiration.  It's intimate connections, muscularly and neurologically with the lumbar spine,  deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and its ability to maintain intra-abdominal pressure, are vital for spinal stability.  

Dysfunction of the respiratory complex,  trunk muscular imbalances, muscular inhibition and weakness, myofascial restrictions, loss of axial rotation and chronic hyperventilation, all have significant effects on posture, trunk stability, chronic pain, upper extremity, and lower extremity function and motion. 

Discover the correct core. Learn what will inhibit the core and how to facilitate an inhibited or delayed core. Improve your core and trunk stability by improving the function of the diaphragm and the other three vital core muscles.

This three and a half hour class has comprehensive, research, evidence-based information on the rib cage, respiration, core anatomy and function and how to regain your movement length and core strength.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who has back, neck pain or has dysfunctional breathing can benefit from the ideas and exercises given in this class.
Course content
Expand all 30 lectures 03:43:08
+ Introduction
14 lectures 02:52:12
Trunk Muscular Superficial Global Muscles
The Fascial System
Mechanics of Breathing
Function of the Diaphragm
Concepts of Spinal Stability
Triple Core Concept
Dysfunction of the Diaphragm
Flawed Posture
Respiration, Pelvic Floor and Incontinence
Core stability and Scoliosis
+ Core Stability Exercises
16 lectures 50:55
Breathing Practice
Lateral Costal Expansion Facilitation
Three Sniffs
Blowing Up a Balloon
Pilates 100 Modified

When I look at the strength and the timing of the core, it is in a very simple approach.  The movement of lifting one leg against gravity will demonstrate to me if the core is functioning or has poor timing just by the wobble noted in the pelvis as it rocks towards the side of the elevating leg. 

On testing the lateral system, the stability of the trunk can be noted as some people will rock forward or backwards when they lift their leg to the side.  I also note excessive activity within the trunk when a lateral leg lift is done.  There shouldn't be this excessive movement.  When testing the contralateral adductor (bottom leg to the top)  I often find people who can not lift the leg at all or significant overuse of other muscles of the trunk when attempting to bring the bottom leg to the top leg in side lying.

Overuse of trunk extensors when doing a prone leg lift is very common.  The Gluteus Maximus is often in a gripping state which does not allow correct function of that muscle so inorder to lift a leg while lying on your stomach, many of the trunk muscles are brought into action too soon or too much.

Specific Strength Testing
Facilitating the Core
Core Training Program
Supine Breathing Reach
Lengthening Ideas
Lateral Upper Trunk Rotation
Lateral Trunk Rotation with Inspiration
Alternate Concepts
Foundation Form Function Exercises Download
Bonus Lecture