I do not look to treat the symptoms of a sports injury, I use specific tests to identify the positioning of the body, how the position of one muscle influences another. So I can then understand and address the underlying cause of the sports injuries or pain.
On initial physiotherapy assessment of this patient I identified his pelvis was positioned in a strong clockwise orientation (the left side of his pelvis was tipped forward). The physiotherapy assessment tests also showed his lumbar spine was orientated to the right (in line with his rotated pelvis) and his ribcage was then orientated to the left.
Despite Ben’s ribcage being orientated to the left, his sternum (breastbone) was orientated to the right. As you can see from image 2 below, the pectoral major muscle connects to both the sternum and the humorous (arm). With the sternum orientation to the right and the ribcage to the left, this positioning was resulting in overactivity in the left pectoral major muscle.
The overactivity in the left pectoral major muscle was limiting his ability to rotate his ribcage to the right and thus he was unable to achieve ideal (reciprocal) pelvis and ribcage mechanics, which are required for efficient movement.