Dr. Ben Kibler is an orthopedist from Lexington Kentucky USA. Would love to meet him someday. There are not many orthopedists who understand function more than him. This is his third international summit on the scapulothoracic joint.
In the coming weeks I'll be commenting on some of the highlights. Several of the presentations focused on the neuromuscular issue of the upper trap overpowering the mid/lower & the scapular dyskinesis that goes with it. I was a little disappointed all the solutions appeared to be isolated ones. Most of the exercises look like manual muscle testing positions.
I'm not sure what percentage of my functional approach has been scientifically driven, and how much comes from the population I work with. Remember I work with the adolescent population who by nature just cannot sit still; with a wide variety of learning disabilities mixed in. Getting them to lie down, put their elbow here, shoulder over there etc is just not going to happen.
At GAIN '10 I presented some of my ideas of how I approach the trap issue. It sure looked a lot different than what was presented at the scap summit. It's kind of paradoxical how my almost 30 years of experience in one job has enriched me in so many ways, yet boxed me in so many others.