To express thoracic extension and rotation with diaphragmatic breathing.
Best suited after mobility reset of the thorax.
Start in prone. Assuming the thorax has been mobilised and diaphragmatic breathing is competent, on an inhale, actively extend and rotate the head, neck and thorax, lowering on exhalation.
Holding your breath during movement may be a sign of motor control dysfunction.
Even after pain is gone, or mobility limitations are removed, an individual may hold their breath in anticipation of pain or movement. This is a conditioned response that is best overridden in a safe position such as prone.
Someone with a neck, thorax, lumbar or hip extension mobility limitation may also have an inhalation restriction. Someone with a flexion restriction may also have an exhalation restriction
Breathing restrictions/dysfunctions may also cause restrictions in shoulder mobility, dysfunctional rolling patterns, and balance impairments.