Thoracic Spinal Movement
The thoracic spine is the segment of the spine between your shoulder blades.
Many people often develop tightness of the muscles in the front of the body and a lack of mobility in the thoracic spine, which decreases ones ability to reach over their head.
Typically, this can be caused through bad posture with time spent:
- Sitting at the computer
- Looking down at a phone
- Driving a car
At Home Spinal Exercise
Follow this easy step-by-step process to increase spinal movement and ultimately decrease shoulder pain.
You will need a pool noodle. If you don’t have access to a pool noodle, you can use a rolled up towel.
To begin the exercise:
- Lie down flat on the noodle at the level of the bottom of your breast bone.
- Put your hands above your head. Lie in the position for about 1minute.
- After approximately 1 minute, sit up and move the towel or noodle about 1 inch. You are moving it from one spinal segment to the next.
- Lie back down.
- Repeat the steps for all 5 segments of your spine.
If you take 5 minutes every day for 2 weeks to complete this exercise regime, you will improve spinal movement and decrease your shoulder pain.
Dynamic Physical Therapy
If you experience shoulder pain, and think physical therapy could benefit you, please call to schedule an appointment with one of our Morgantown physical therapists today or visit our website to learn more.
- Westover: (304) 225-5222
- Morgantown: (304) 598-2212
- Sabraton: (304) 225-0910
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