Thoracic spine pain is common, your daily posture may be an influence. Read why!
Thoracic Pain - a perspective from our physio
I used to believe treating the thoracic spine (middle back) was relatively straight forward. Release some muscles, mobilise some joints and give your patient a few exercises and bam they’re healed. But then they come back only a short time later presenting with the same issues – tight musculature, stiff joints and poor strength and mobility. Why?
POSTURE! We used to be hunters and gatherers. We used to enjoy sports, nature, the outdoors. We used to spend more time on our feet and not on our ass. Today it’s about hands on the keyboard and eyes on the screen. Our lives are dictated by computers, televisions, mobile phones and video games. With this comes not only poor eyesight but poor posture and with poor posture comes pain, particularly in the neck and thoracic spine.
The most common posture I see today is what I call a rounded shoulder, poked neck posture. As soon as one sits and rounds through their thoracic spine their head lowers and eyes look towards the floor. Naturally to fix the problem and be able to see straight ahead we lift our heads, creating a poked neck. What we should be doing is starting from the source – correct the movement in the thoracic spine to counteract secondary effects in the neck.
My earlier treatment techniques of releasing tight muscles, loosening stiff joint, strengthening the weaknesses and moving correctly are not wrong, they just need to be combined with techniques to improve postural habits. I know some cool techniques to do just that so if you are suffering from thoracic pain and find yourself behind a computer most of the day come on in and see Jayme!