Where are your ribs at?

If you’ve been told you have kyphosis or are struggling with low back pain, disc degeneration, your baby is not getting into an optimal position for birth or if you have a weak core or pelvic pain then it may be your rib misalignment that is the cause.

Your rib cage is able to move independently of your spine, your arms, your head and neck and your lower body. But for so many of us we develop habits that create weaknesses in these areas and so our ribs take up the slack for weak muscles and stiff joints.

Our ribs become stuck in a thrust forward position that creates compression of the lower back, degeneration of the discs. It creates pressure on your abdominal wall and pelvic floor and is one of the causes of sneeze pee and incontinence post birth and abdominal wall separation that doesn’t close once your baby is born. It can also create less space for your baby while you are pregnant causing them to make you feel uncomfortable (pressure on your ribs for example or reflux) and prevent them from being able to turn into a head down position ready for birth.

Here’s a simple test to see if your ribs are thrusting forwards. You will need a belt or phone charger as a kind of plumb line.

And here is the easiest exercise (in all senses of the word) to help with releasing tight muscles and getting your ribs back to their proper position. This psoas release can be done at any time – ideally stay here for a minimum of 5 minutes but up to 20 minutes if you can for best results. Gradually you will feel your ribs starting to move towards the floor and this is your psoas releasing – it isn’t a stretch it is just quietly laying here and allowing the muscles to release tension.

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