Thoracic Ring Approach

Thoracic Ring Approach™ developed by Dr. Linda-Joy Lee, PhD

The Thoracic Ring Approach conceptualizes the thorax (the area between the neck and the abdomen, including the cavity enclosed by the ribs, breastbone and vertebrae, and containing the heart and lungs) as a dynamic stack of ten rings, much like a “slinky” or a shock-absorbing spring.  It is common for the thorax to be relatively pain-free but dysfunctional, thereby creating adverse stresses, loads and forces that can cause pain in other areas of the body.

Ring correction techniques and their impact on meaningful task performance allow us to more comprehensively:

  • assess the function of the thorax during problematic tasks
  • provide a method to evaluate the connections between a dysfunctional thoracic ring and whole body function
  • determine when to treat a dysfunctional thorax
  • restore optimal strategies for function and performance.

Problems in the thorax can drive a number of conditions, including:

  • osteoarthritis of the hip
  • impingement and groin pain
  • pelvic girdle and low back pain
  • incontinence and prolapse
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • patellofemoral pain
  • shoulder impingement
  • lack of “core stability”
  • headaches
  • sensitization of the sympathetic nervous system
  • gastrointestinal symptoms.

If the thorax is the driver for a problem, our highly-trained physiotherapists can assess the thoracic rings and help you to train new strategies for thoracic ring control, muscle balance and strength.