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The Forgotten Thoracic Spine

Cameron Champion - Monday, November 20, 2017

 

Every day here at king street Natural Health we treat a whole range of musculoskeletal injuries to the neck, shoulder, low back. One main common area that all these injuries have is they all have a relatively close proximity to the Thoracic Spine. The Thoracic Spine is the mid area of your spine made up of 12 vertebrae between the cervical spine and lumbar spine which connect to your rib cage and traditionally demonstrates lower movement when compared with other areas of the spine.

As a 21st Century population we love to adopt postures and activities that actually reduce the movement of the thoracic spine, such as sitting at a desk, watching TV or driving cars. These sustained postures can reduce the mobility of an already stiffened area which then results in the adaptations which may compromise areas such as the neck, low back and shoulders, potentially producing pain. Not only might it affect these areas on a pain scale but also may change your ability to perform leisure activities (such as gym based activities) and occupational roles (like lifting overhead).

The good thing is that by changing these habits, regular exercise and stretching of the thoracic spine may assist in restoring some of the movement back to the thoracic spine, which can help in changing the overloading patterns to the surrounding regions. A couple of good tips to help are:

  • 1.Take regular breaks when working at your desk or watching TV aiming to get up, stretch and walk around will assist in helping maintain thoracic mobility.
  • 2.Build regular stretching of the thoracic spine, as shown in the image, into your daily routine.
  • 3.Checkout the video “Breathing Exercises presented by Kyle”, and read his breathing blog on this page, as encouraging proper breathing patterns can assist in correcting and maintaining thoracic mobility.

If you have any further questions regarding the Thoracic Spine and how it may be affecting you, feel free to call King Street Natural Health Centre on (02) 4620 8630 and ask to speak to Cameron. And don’t forget about your thoracic spine because it hasn’t forgotten about you.