I recently took a course on the thoracic spine and would like to share some of the key points.
Let me start my asking a couple questions:
Do you think that if you injured your neck it would affect your shoulders or your upper back?
Do you think if you injured your lower back that it would also affect your mid back?
The answer to these questions is YES!!!
It’s All Connected!
The thoracic spine is where the ribs connect to the spine. This is the area that consists of the middle part of the back between neck (cervical spine) and the low back (lumbar spine).
Every time you move your neck, or lift yours arms above your head, your thoracic spine is also moving. Every time you bend at your waist, your thoracic spine is moving.
Therefore, the thoracic spine should also be looked at by a trained physiotherapist not only when addressing mid back pain or rib pain, but also if you have neck pain, low back pain, sciatica or trouble lifting your arms above your head.
Thoracic Spine Pain Management
Through this course, I learned several pain free, patient driven techniques, to not only address the thoracic spine and rib pain, but also address neck stiffness and pain, trouble with shoulder elevation and low back pain and sciatica.
It’s also good to know that if the neck or low back is too sore to touch to treat, a trained physiotherapist can apply a technique to the thoracic spine that could help!!!!
So if you think you would like to try these new thoracic techniques, visit with me WIN Health Solutions and I’d be happy to help.