Thoracic Mobility

Thoracic Mobility

September 23, 2022

by: Dr. Jaicy Harless

What is the thoracic spine?

The thoracic spine is the most extended portion of the spine, including vertebrae between the neck and lower back. It consists of 12 vertebrae and is responsible for most of our spinal rotation.

The thoracic spine also moves in all stages of motion including the side-bending, extension, and flexion. The ribs and all the different muscles attach to the thoracic spine providing stability for our back.

Why thoracic mobility is important

Mobility in our thoracic spine is very important when it comes to having a proper function of the neck, back, and shoulder. The thoracic spine is linked between your upper and lower body. Thoracic mobility plays a huge role in posture, remaining upright, and the ability to breathe properly. It is important for almost move you make. Immobility of the thoracic spine may lead to stiffness, pain in the neck and back, difficulty in breathing, and a decrease in range of motion. Keeping your thoracic spine flexible and strong is key to maintaining your function.

​What causes immobility of the thoracic spine?

Many thoracic spine problems are related to poor posture and/ or muscle irritation or tension, also called myofascial pain.

  • Sitting or standing in a slouched position over time
  • Using backpack
  • Sitting for a long period of time
  • Lack of muscular strength
  • Repeating a movement persistently that involves the thoracic part of the spine

How to prevent Thoracic Muscle Strain

  • Lift objects carefully
  • Check your posture
  • Exercise as directed. It can help strengthen your muscle and make you more flexible. Do not force yourself to exercise when you are tired.
  • Stretch your muscle as directed. Stretch before and after you exercise

Treatment for Thoracic Muscle Strain

At Elite Muscle Recovery, we recommend you seek our medical attention as a Physical therapist. This is one of the bases of treatment for thoracic spine pain, Our goal is to improve mobility by addressing decreased or abnormal range motion. Our goal is to give you a solution to the problems that are holding you back from enjoying life. You can finally stop living in fear or wondering if you’ll have to live with this pain forever.

Click the video for some Thoracic Mobility Exercises

“To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” -William Londen

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