Thoracic Spine Mobility - What It Is & Why It’s Important
Updated: Nov 24, 2021
Poor posture & pain
Working from home poses unique challenges we never had to consider before.
Many of us find ourselves working on the couch, on kitchen chairs, or even bar stools with poor home office ergonomics.
Staying seated in these positions of poor posture can lead to pain in your neck and upper back.
Throughout the work day, you may find yourself with pain, discomfort, or stiffness that you can't seem to get rid of.
So what is there to do?
Thoracic Spine Pain
Your Thoracic spine, or midback, is capable of movement that allows us to perform certain daily activities such as reaching, twisting, and breathing.
Stiffness in the mid back, or thoracic spine region, is usually caused by poor posture leading to muscle tension.
This pain can be felt anywhere from your neck, to your shoulders, and middle back between your shoulder blades.
The essential treatment for thoracic immobility is postural correction and education of where to keep our bodies when we find ourselves working in these suboptimal conditions.
But while true postural change can be a slow process, here are 2 exercises that you can do at home or at your desk to relieve some of your pain.
1.) Thoracic extension over chair
Sit upright in your chair with your feet flat on the floor and your back against the seat back
Interlock your fingers behind your neck and bring your elbows forward
Gently arch your upper back over the top of the chair until you feel a gentle stretch in your spine, hold for a few breaths and return to upright position
Repeat up to 10 times
2.) Thoracic rotation stretch
Sit in your chair with your feet flat on the floor and your back away from the seatback
Squeeze a ball or pillow between your knees to help engage your core and limit movement in the lower back
Cross your hands over your chest and slowly rotate your torso to the right until you feel a gentle stretch on the left side of your mid back
Hold for a count of 10 seconds then rotate to the left
Repeat up to 10 times
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