Lateral Myo-fascial sling

Firstly please make sure you have read about fascia and have a basic understanding of what it is and what it does, before reading this.

My blog post before this one can help you in the right direction but I urge you to do more research and reading around the topic, as it really is fascinating. The deeper your understanding the better you can apply it to your own body and/or your clients.

The anatomy of the lateral sling consists of the Quadratus Lumborum (QL), gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, tensor fascia latae (TFL) and iliotibial band (ITB) and adductors. All of these muscles have to shorten and essentially pull in an upward direction to correct the posture and create a pre-tensioning or hydrolic amplification of the myo-fascia.

This pre-tension or HA is what creates stability via the Fascia, before movement occurs. It ensures the joints are stacked and the body is ready for safe and efficient movement.

When this is weak or not organized and firing effectively the pelvis will shift or tilt. Something else has to work in its place, creating imbalance over a period of time.

In the Trendelenburg or Stork test we are looking for pelvic tilt or shift as seen in the picture on the right (b). When the lateral Myo-fascial sling is working effectively, the Gluet medius works with the other muscles in the sling to pre-tension the fascia, maintain the pelvis in neutral and begin motion. (picture a)

If a Trendelenburg sign is present and the fascial sling is weak, left to its own device, the body will alter and move differently to carry out its daily functions and meet its needs.


-Is it optimal?

-Can it carry on like this forever?

-Could you move more efficiently?

-Could you be better?

Stay tuned all this week on Instagram (Victoria__roper) for exercise ideas to work and activate the lateral myofascial sling.

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