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tissues. Looking at the 'basket weave' of the LL from the side
is a bit more complex, but just as useful. We can assess the
individual 'X's as they run along the trunk, or we can take an
overview and assess the trunk as a whole.
To do this: look at your client from the side (or yourself in
a mirror or photo). Imagine that one leg of the 'X' runs from
the spinous process of the 7th cervical vertebra to the pubic
bone, while the other runs from the sternal notch to the apex
of the sacrum (Fig. 5.23). Is one of these legs significantly
The summary lateral 'X'
Since we are more or less bilaterally symmetrical (at least in
the musculoskeletal system), it is a fairly simple matter to
examine our clients from the front or back to detect any dif-
ferences in how the Lateral Lines are handled from left to right,
and correct any imbalance by lengthening the shortened
Fig. 5.22 A full frontal view of the
body says 'yes', while a body turned
away says 'no'. A body halfway in
between says 'maybe', and therefore
the Lateral Line is often presented
in advertisements that want to
portray the attitude of seduction.
(© iStockphoto.com, reproduced with
permission. Photograph by Chris
Fig. 5.23 An imaginary 'X', one leg drawn from the
spinous process of C7 to the pubic bone and the
other drawn from the sternal notch to the top of
the sacrum, is a simple way to assess the
summary of 'X's across the trunk.
Fig. 5.24 A balanced structure shows an even
balance of all the 'X's in the trunk (A). Having the
sternum fall close to the sacrum is a very common
Western pattern (B). Pulling the sacrum forward and
sticking the chest out, as in a military posture,
simply changes the compensatory pattern, but not
the underlying structure (C). Much rarer is the
pattern where the rib cage collapses forward on the
pelvis, bringing C7 closer to the pubic bone.