YOUR INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT RESULTS
Your limitations reflect a “compression”, or tightness, of the front (anterior) side of your upper body. This means that you have tight muscles in that region that are “pulling” your head forward and restricting range of motion associated with the ability to elongate those muscles when necessary.
These muscles include:
- Pectoralis Major and Minor
On the visualization, red arrows represent tight muscles and orange arrows represent where your body is being pushed/pulled as a result.
How does this cause SCAPULAR WINGING/ROUNDED SHOULDERs?
The body is primarily concerend with keeping you alive. An important way we do that is breathing. In fact, there is a good bit of evidence that suggests if you stop breathing, you die 😉
The body likes to self-organize itself in a manner which allows it to most easily breathe. The primary way we take in air is through our diaphragm. Whe we inhale, the diaphragm descends. When we exhale, it ascends.
Currently, your diaphragm cannot function optimally. You currently like to expand your belly with air more than your ribcage, so your ribcage doesn’t expand upon inhalation as it normally should (likely due to tight pecs). Therefore your body has engaged “secondary” muscles of inhalation to help you get the job done and expand your ribcage.
The secondary muscles of inhalation in your neck, which should be working to a slight degree during breathing are now working in overdrive to make up for a lack of diaphragm function. Notice that they attach on the upper ribs. They’re trying to open your ribcage to allow for air to come into the compressed area. This chronically shortens the neck muscles and pulls your head forward and shoulders with it.
This happens for a variety of reasons, but primarily it’s caused by genetic predisposition and sitting a lot with poor posture.