The thoracic spine (mid back) is made up of twelve vertebrates that extend from the shoulder to waist. It is important for the thoracic spine to stay highly mobile with the ability to flex, extend, and rotate however thoracic immobility can be common.
Causes of Thoracic Immobility:
What happens if the Thoracic Spine is immobile?
If the thoracic spine lacks mobility, it is common for the lumbar spine (lower back) to compensate leading to lower back pain and fatigue. It can also result in shoulder and neck pain and stiffness since the thoracic spine plays an important role in the movement of the neck.
Benefits of Thoracic Mobility:
Exercises to correct thoracic immobility
Fortunately regularly practicing mobilisation exercises of the thoracic spine will help prevent and correct stiffness in this area and prevent the risk of further spinal problems.
Repeat each exercise for 10-15 repetitions or 45-60 seconds.