Thoracic Ring Technique & How it Benefits Middle-Aged Runners

Thoracic Ring Technique (TRT) improves posture, optimises breathing mechanics, and enhances overall movement efficiency, and in turn, running. Efficiency is the key to running longer and stronger.

As a runner with a 19 at the start of your birth year, you’ve learnt the importance of maintaining a strong and healthy body to maintain your mental health release (running). 

However, have you ever heard of the Thoracic Ring Technique (TRT) by LJ Lee? This is one of the approaches that Morgan uses to improve her clients’ posture, optimize breathing mechanics, and enhance overall movement efficiency. 



So what is TRT? and how it can benefit runners and gym bunnies alike?

Thoracic Ring Technique was developed by renowned physiotherapist LJ Lee, and centers around the concept of the thoracic ring.

The thoracic ring refers to the intricate relationship between the body’s essential components, including the diaphragm, deep abdominal muscles, pelvic floor, and deep back muscles, all interconnected to create stability and control throughout the body.

Each of the ribs creates a “ring” with specific connections, that can lead to typical issues within the body related to fascial connections. For those of you familiar with fascial slings, this is a similar concept. 

When completing an assessment and treatment utilizing the thoracic ring technique, I am hoping to achieve a few objectives.


Benefits of PhyioTHERAPY Treatment using the thoracic ring technique

Improved Posture

Postural imbalances that can hinder movement performance. The TRT targets these imbalances by restoring proper alignment and activating the deep muscles that support your spine.

By addressing postural issues, you can reduce the risk of overuse injuries, improve biomechanics, and enhance your running form.

improved posture

Enhanced Breathing Mechanics

Breathing efficiently is crucial for optimal running performance. The TRT incorporates specific release processes, and backed up by exercises and cues that help optimize the coordination between your diaphragm and core, allowing for smoother and more effective breathing.

This can increase your endurance and reduce fatigue of muscles as your body finds a more optimal position.

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Increased Stability and Injury Prevention

TRT focuses on strengthening the deep core and back muscles, providing a solid foundation for your body’s movements.

By improving stability and balance, you can decrease the likelihood of injuries and create a more resilient body.

improved posture

Better Movement Efficiency

Efficiency is the key to running longer and stronger. The TRT promotes integrated movement patterns, enabling efficient transfer of energy throughout your body.

Enhancing movement efficiency can lead to improved running economy, allowing you to cover more ground with less effort. This is particularly important as many runners over the age of 30 have other issues, including tightness in through the back which can impact efficiency of movement.


The Thoracic Ring Technique for Middle aged runners

As a runner, investing in techniques that improve posture, stability, and movement efficiency can significantly enhance your running experience. The Thoracic Ring Technique offers a unique and comprehensive approach to address these key areas, allowing you to unlock your full potential on the road or trail.

Remember, stay consistent, listen to your body, and enjoy the journey towards becoming a stronger and more resilient runner.

Happy running!


Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for educational purposes only and should not be considered as a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise program or making significant changes to your existing routines.


Here at Physio and Fitness Clinic, we can assist you in improving your running. Make an appointment with a physio today.