Improving thoracic spine mobility to address postural dysfunction
Falling into the same few postures habitually can limit mobility and over time may lead to dysfunctional movement or pain. Spending more and more time hunched over computers and smartphones is leading to postures of rounded shoulders and forward head. At the heart of this issue is the mobility at the upper back, or thoracic spine, where the rib cage attaches to spine. This area of the spine generally has less mobility than the neck or lower back due to the ribs, however that means that hanging on to what mobility we do have in this area is key!
To combat these habitual postures, we need to incorporate mobility work into our days to hold on to the motion we need. Here are a few ways to work on thoracic spine mobility:
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She has been a licensed physical therapist since 2015 and has enjoyed working with an active orthopedic population with an emphasis on manual therapy and exercise prescription. While working as a PT on the west coast she pursued continuing education to hone her skills. She completed an orthopedic manual physical therapy residency and fellowship program through The Ola Grimsby Institute in Seattle, WA from 2016-2018, culminating in membership as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. She loves guiding people back to activity and empowering them to take control of their health, wellness, and fitness.
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