Forward Head Position
In this before and after picture from a single Rolfing® session you can see my client’s head position shift back to a better alignment on top of his shoulder girdle. For every inch forward in head posture a general formula is that it creates an additional 10 pounds of pressure on the spine, so it is not uncommon for the head in effect to leverage twice its weight or more on the cervical spine. His lateral line improves markedly as his head comes back to a better position. A forward head profile can result in loss of lung capacity with its effect on inhibiting the lifting of the first rib in inhalation. It can also cause premature aging of the intervertebral joints causing degenerative joint disease. Changing the tone in his upper trapezius and levator muscles allow space for his head to come back posteriorly. Rolfing® helps clients to pay attention to what they are doing with their body outside of a session to give them the tools in the integration process.
Shifting the Thoracolumbar Fascia
In this before and after picture from a single session you can notice a significant lengthening of my clients torso in the thoracolumbar fascia area. This Rolfing® session is addressing low back pain issues and mid back cramping. One of the goals was to encourage her spine to move more posterior in space to redirect the anterior migration of her spine which is more visible in the before picture. The movement is up and to the left lengthening through her hip area. The rotation in her pelvis is moving right to left as her left leg moves under her to give more support to her new alignment. Creating better alignment and balance, shifting weight to the more beneficial, and working with clients to have more fluidity and ease of movement are some of the goals of Rolfing® Structural Integration.